A Basic Guide

By Nick Sturm

2013 Boom Winner
“If I ever wake up in a dark wood, facing an impassable mountain, assailed by beasts and unable to find my way, I hope that Nick Sturm will show up with some enchiladas and lead me out of the abyss and back to the light and safety of my nest. But if for some reason he can’t, he’s written A Basic Guide to help me help myself, and for that I’m very grateful. You should be too. Follow these instructions to the letter, and everything will probably be alright. But if it’s not, you tried your hardest, and so did Nick, and you were lucky to read his poems before the fire went out and the beasts walked upright into your campsite and took you.”
— Matt Hart


About the Author: Nick Sturm

Nick Sturm is the author of the chapbooks WHAT A TREMENDOUS TIME WE’RE HAVING! (iO Books),
Beautiful Out (H_NGM_N) and, with Wendy Xu, I Was Not Even Born (Coco
nut). He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.