Black Aperture

Black Aperture

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by Matt Rasmussen
     
 

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In his moving debut collection, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. In "Outgoing," the speaker erases his brother's answering machine message to save his family from "the shame of dead you / answering calls." In other poems, once-ordinary objects become

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In his moving debut collection, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. In "Outgoing," the speaker erases his brother's answering machine message to save his family from "the shame of dead you / answering calls." In other poems, once-ordinary objects become dreamlike. A buried light bulb blooms downward, "a flower / of smoldering filaments." A refrigerator holds an evening landscape, "a tinfoil lake," "vegetables / dying in the crisper." Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807150863
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
05/13/2013
Series:
Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
74
Sales rank:
765,938
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author

Matt Rasmussen's poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, and at Poets.org. A founding coeditor of Birds LLC, a small, independent poetry press, he is a 2012�2013 McKnight Artist Fellow and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College.

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