Angel Bones

Angel Bones

by Ilyse Kusnetz


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Angel Bones has an introspective voice that maintains a bright understanding of the temporal. As we read, we are painfully aware the speaker is dying from cancer and death is imminent. The attempt to not only explain, but understand how to welcome and embrace death is a bittersweet calm. How can one leave willingly when there is so much left behind?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948579001
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 699,151
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ilyse Kusnetz (1966-2016), poet, essayist, and journalist, is the author of Small Hours, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry, and The Gravity of Falling. She earned a PhD in contemporary feminist and postcolonial British literature form the University of Edinburgh. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Rattle, Guernica Daily, Islands Magazine, Kyoto Journal, and The Normal School, among others, as well as in anthologies including The Room and the World; The Book of Scented Things; Devouring the Green: Fear of a Transhuman Planet; and Monstrous Verse: Angels, Demons, Vampires, Ghosts, and Fabulous Beasts. She also guest-edited Scottish poetry features for Poetry International and the Atlanta Review. She co-wrote "Vox Humana,” the poetic text to a composition which premiered with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra. She is the lead voice and lyricist for the Interplanetary Acoustic Team, and their debut album 11 11 (Me, Smiling) was released in 2018. A professor at Valencia College, Ilyse lived with her husband, Brian Turner, in Orlando, Florida.

Table of Contents


Blessing for Beauty 3

The World Is Too Beautiful for Our Eyes 4

Bivalves Feeding at New Smyrna Beach 5

Finches 6

Essay on Extinction, Lake Adair 7

How to Build a Stradivarius 8

Waking 9

Chemotherapy 10

Tulips 11

Scientists Prove Chemo Brain Is Real 13

Salt 14

Harbinger 15

Reading Bulfinch's Mythology 17

The Mellified Man 18

The Orange Tree 19

Wild Poppies 20

The Evening Sentinel 21

Message to a Quantum Entangled String 22

Butterflies, Bees, Dragonflies 24


The Explosion Museum 27

A.I. Existential 31

A.I. Existential II 35

A.I. Existential III 37

The Mortise Lock 38

Sometimes Time 39

Why I Will Never Take My Eyes off You 40

A Notion of Time According to Physicists (After I Die) 41

I'll Be Your Sweet Poltergeist 43

Scientists Decide Past Events Determined by Future Ones: A Lullaby 44


Inside the Brain of God 49

Of Course the Buddha Can't Be Caged 50

The Water Horse 52

I Love What Light Does to the World 53

Richard Branson at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 54

The Story of the Milky Way 56

Elon's Magic Ark 58

Geologic 60

Theories of an Underground Ocean below Our Own 61

Catching This Life, and Others 62

Meditation on "Cottage Window, St. Remy de Provence" 65

Sea Stories 67

Limestone 69

The Malachite Fish 70

Fusion 71

Chamber 72

Angel Bones 73


Jade Rabbit 77

Notes 79

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