Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House

Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House

by Brenda Shaughnessy
     
 

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In its short history, Tin House has established itself as one of the most exciting, eclectic, and popular literary magazines in America. The Village Voice declared that it "may very well represent the future of literary magazines," and work from its pages has been honored in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and

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In its short history, Tin House has established itself as one of the most exciting, eclectic, and popular literary magazines in America. The Village Voice declared that it "may very well represent the future of literary magazines," and work from its pages has been honored in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, and the O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House celebrates the magazine's commitment to publishing innovative contemporary poetry. The collection features work by Rae Armantrout, Frank Bidart, Billy Collins, Bei Dao, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Mark Doty, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Nick Flynn, Matthea Harvey, Terrance Hayes, Seamus Heaney, Lucia Perillo, D. A. Powell, Bin Ramke, Charles Simic, Wislawa Szymborska, C. K. Williams, and others.

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"In this beautiful anthology, the poetry editors of the literary journal Tin House have cherry-picked from the magazine's past contributors. Representing the establishment are venerable poets such as Sharon Olds, Charles Simic and Donald Hall. Hall's poems are heartbreaking meditations on loss, containing the ghostlike presence of his late wife and muse, the poet Jane Kenyon: 'The months of absence hurry./In sleep I touch her skin/And wake in the stain of dawn, in fury.' Among the younger poets are two who continue to draw wider attention: Matthea Harvey, who has a brilliant knack for whimsically relaying the everyday oddity of the contemporary world, and Christian Hawkey, who conveys some of the widespread feeling of helplessness: 'I will sit down in the middle of an intersection.../ & pour gasoline over my head,/ & gaze up at the clean white object of a gathering cloud.' Poetry in translation also has a strong presence, through Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska and the late Yehuda Amichai, among others. Also adhering to the magazine's dictum to showcase both the very well known beside up and comers, this book gathers poems that are never self-indulgent, occasionally political, often intimate and in many cases timely, both universal and approachable, such as the title poem by Ben Doller: 'When I bend back to look at the satellite convulsions, I/ am an aqueduct for twilit rain.'"—Publishers Weekly

"...an enticing anthology of contemporary poetry."—Elisa Gabbert,
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"...some of the most touching, raw, hilarious, and best poetry that has graced [Tin House]...A very well-put-together collection of exceptional poetry, Satellite Convulsions shows what Tin House is all about."—Sacramento Book Review

Publishers Weekly

In this beautiful anthology, the poetry editors of the literary journal Tin House have cherry-picked from the magazine's past contributors. Representing the establishment are venerable poets such as Sharon Olds, Charles Simic and Donald Hall. Hall's poems are heartbreaking meditations on loss, containing the ghostlike presence of his late wife and muse, the poet Jane Kenyon: "The months of absence hurry./In sleep I touch her skin/And wake in the stain of dawn, in fury." Among the younger poets are two who continue to draw wider attention: Matthea Harvey, who has a brilliant knack for whimsically relaying the everyday oddity of the contemporary world, and Christian Hawkey, who conveys some of the widespread feeling of helplessness: "I will sit down in the middle of an intersection.../ & pour gasoline over my head,/ & gaze up at the clean white object of a gathering cloud." Poetry in translation also has a strong presence, through Nobel laureate Wislawa Szymborska and the late Yehuda Amichai, among others. Also adhering to the magazine's dictum to showcase both the very well known beside up and comers, this book gathers poems that are never self-indulgent, occasionally political, often intimate and in many cases timely, both universal and approachable, such as the title poem by Ben Doller: "When I bend back to look at the satellite convulsions, I/ am an aqueduct for twilit rain." (Nov.)

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ISBN-13:
9780979419898
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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