Astoria examines the transitory physical world of the body and reflects on the seamless quality of the present moment. Surrounded by the rush and noise of trains, highways, and grocery store checkout lines, the narrator of these poems creates an intimate space in which to ponder the ephemeral nature of everyday things and the deeper meanings that might underlie them all. “It is amazing / we're not more amazed,” one poem muses, “The world / is here / and then it is gone.” The poems in Astoria unravel the hidden within the obvious, and speak to our innate questions of longing, purpose, and existence.
About the Author
Malena Mörling, assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina,Wilmington, is the author of Ocean Avenue, selected by Philip Levine for the New Issues Poetry Prize. She has translated works by the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, a selection of which appears in the collection, For the Living and the Dead. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times Book Review, New Republic, Washington Post Book World, Ploughshares, New England Review, and Five Points.
Table of ContentsCopyright Contents I If There Is Another World Aloft Happiness Matter A Story Becoming A Coat Wearing A Death 131st Street Gone II From The Train Simply Lit Seemed Pleased Traveling Above The Expressway After Herbert Wallpaper See High Above III An Inventory Gift Box In The Yellow Head Of A Tulip Maps The Empowerment When Our House Was Old An Entrance IV An Entrance A W For M A Wake The Floating World Everything Is True No Precise Location My Shadow Falls Out Of My Body A Spring Day Imitation Late At Night The Effects The River Where We Are Acknowledgments
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