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Welcome to Chatwin Books. We are a new publisher of print and digital books in a wide range of topics, run by a team with many decades of experience in all aspects of the book business.

At the heart of who we are, and what we do, is working with authors to support their craft, and their entire body of work, throughout the publication process. Using our experience and drive to help our authors create great books is the surest way our team can ensure a great experience for our readers.

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Illusions of Permanence by Ron Ellison - collected poems


Chatwin Books publishes literary fiction, contemporary and collected poetry, and fine art and photography books, with a smattering of eclectic titles we believe in. Our list is growing all the time. We ship from our location in downtown Seattle. 

Illusions of Permanence by Ron Ellison - collected poems


Illusions of Permanence by Ron Ellison - collected poems


Illusions of Permanence is Ron Ellison's third book of poetry. Collected for the first time, the poems in this slim and profound volume echo ecstatic poetry from world traditions, and take the reader through chapters of adventure, solitude, love and longing in the poet's life. This work stands as a memorial to a writer beloved to many.


Let me inhale this light you breathe
let it wend its way
into my heart
and kindle so much wood
into flame.
Let me be consumed
from my bones to my skin
so that I glow
like a paper lantern.
I would be
quietly carried away by the wind
to become
a distant point of light
one of many
in a starry sky.
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