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In these poems, Michelle Boisseau troubles sound into music and light into color. She renders the physics of absence and the deceptions of presence: a garage full of haunted tools, the ordinary and odd lives embodied in medieval paintings, the voice of a father traveling on radio waves. The poems’ contemplative, rigorous intelligence affirms pleasure in the fallen world, picking out the golden thread in a dark tapestry. Moving through us in waves of light and sound, the words and trappings of the material world brim here with spiritual force and resonate with the power of things poised on the brink of revelation: trembling the air.

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“A troubling music, a poignant mortality—Michelle Boisseau comes into full maturity in Trembling Air, her learned and heartbreaking third book of poems.” —Edward Hirsch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557287526
  • Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Boisseau is also the author of Understory, winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize; No Private Life; and, with the late Robert Wallace, Writing Poems. She has won many awards, including an NEA fellowship. She teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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Table of Contents

American Gothic 3
Done 5
Visual Dictionary 7
Briar Rose 9
At my Brother's Place 10
Verge 11
Constitutional, with My Father 13
Self-Pity's Closet 15
Collect Call 16
Tariff 18
Parchment 21
Two Winter Pictures 22
The Drop Cloth Drops from the Northern Sky 25
Holy House of Nazareth 26
Last Weeks of a First Job 28
Haloes Stippled with Crosses, Roses, Stars and Spears 30
Relief from Nineveh 33
Unending 34
The Height of Summer 37
Choir of Dust 41
January's Timetable 43
Chronicle of Hammer 44
Sun Surveys Other Cynosures 45
Moon at the Mirror 46
Thorn Gets Theoretical 47
Despair's Rope of Sands 48
Potato Speculates on Popularity 49
Talk Radio 50
"Envy Has No Holidays" 51
Dog's Ars Poetics 52
Lace Sings a Madrigal 53
Leaf's Lay of the Everlasting 54
Bad News 57
Another Great Library Burns 58
Appeal 60
Don't 62
Steadily 63
Luminous Blue Variables 64
These Envoys 70
Flood Plain 72
Notes 73
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