Ithaca: A Life In Four Fragments

Ithaca: A Life In Four Fragments

by Travis Cebula
     
 

Poetry. "ITHACA points profoundly to the past as it creates a future with hope and precision. The story of a birth, it is also the story of her coming of age, her maturity, and her death. ITHACA is everyone, no one, word-filled and silent, as we humans are. Travis Cebula in his beautiful fragments captures the essence of being in life and its conversations with

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Poetry. "ITHACA points profoundly to the past as it creates a future with hope and precision. The story of a birth, it is also the story of her coming of age, her maturity, and her death. ITHACA is everyone, no one, word-filled and silent, as we humans are. Travis Cebula in his beautiful fragments captures the essence of being in life and its conversations with itself, others, and even God."—Maxine Chernoff

"Travis Cebula's newest offering ITHACA asks, 'Who is Ithaca and what does she learn?' His complex characterization of Ithaca guided by the tender polyphony in vibrant lines such as, 'the land of high renown is in murmuring too numerous,' carefully develops this question into the intricate voyage a name undertakes between ports of signification. As she alternately becomes a 'frail nest, a country, or a daughter,' ITHACA encourages us to ponder, 'can real love exist between their absolute if?' For Cebula, the emphatic answer is yes. By conceiving 'if' as a sail tugging us through the varieties of love each transformation embodies, ITHACA evolves into a voyage that arrives at the resonant pleasure found in the pitch and roll of an imaginary country and its mellifluous citizen."—James Belflower

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609641115
Publisher:
BlazeVOX books
Publication date:
11/29/2012

Meet the Author


Travis Cebula writes, edits, and teaches creative writing in Maryland. He graduated from the MFA program at Naropa University in 2009-the same year he founded Shadow Mountain Press. His poetry, stories, essays, reviews, and photography have appeared internationally in various print and online journals. He is the author of SOME EXITS (Monkey Puzzle Press, 2009), UNDER THE SKY THEY LIT CITIES (BlazeVOX [books], 2010) and ITHACA: A LIFE IN FOUR FRAGMENTS (BlazeVOX [books], 2012). In 2011, Western Michigan University awarded him the Pavel Srut Fellowship.

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