ISBN: 978-1-73443-771-3
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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Shadow Burn

Publication Date: January 2020


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Shadow Burn was originally published by Nomadic.

Shadow Burn is a journey through small, big lived moments of transformation. This collection of stories and city scenes is an exploration of now, then, and the spaces in between light and darkness.


The gift Jordan Boyd gives in shadow burn is the gift of invention. Of form, of thrilling turns of phrase, of narrative. These poems are richly populated with the living, breathing world, and the living, breathing homies, hustlers, and dealers who occupy it. I will find myself returning to this collection for the sake of seeing what it truly is to ascribe complicated affections to the complicated world.
Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune for Your Disaster

Is it the city that paints a poet? Or does the poet paint the city? In this deeply affecting collection of ekphrastic scenes, artist Jordan Boyd transcribes the heartbeat of Oakland, CA, across a poetic canvas as if it were his own heartbeat.
Cori Crooks, author of Sweet Charlotte’s Seventh Mistake

About the Author

Jordan Boyd

Jordan Boyd is a writer, musician and educator originally from Columbus, Ohio.  Jordan enjoys soft jazz in the morning and hard jazz in the evening.  He has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Education and Music Theory from The Ohio State University.  Jordan has spent most of his career teaching high school in subjects such as Literature, Music, and Psychology. In 2020, Jordan released the poetry collection, shadow burn, with Nomadic Press.  In 2023, Jordan released the solo album, praise be you.  Jordan currently resides in Oakland, California.

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