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Astronaut first appeared in England, where it was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and then in Slovenia in translation.
About the Author
BRIAN HENRY lives in Athens and teaches at the University of Georgia. He is co-editor of Verse and Senior Editor of Verse Press, and he reviews poetry for the TLS, Kenyone Review, Boston Review, and other publications.
Table of Contents
My Pine Cone Ways
Forecasting at Stonewall Cafe
Coefficient of Restitution
The Investigator Speaks of the Investigation
It's Not the Texture
1: Notes for a Sequence
4: Abandoned Ship
5: The Old Story
8: Iconostasis for Absence
12: Self-Portrait in a Late Hour
There is a nearness in this dirt. A nearness
Coign of Vantage
Looking Back on It
Something Given to Make Whole Among the Ruses
What They Remember
What People are Saying About This
"Brian Henry's first collection of poems, Astronaut, is a marvelous bustle of energy, distinct ideas and images clanging together in a celebration of the multifariousness of humanity thriving in its myriad guises. These poems are fun, skilled, intelligent and often beautiful. If you're interested in the new generation of American poets, this is a good place to start."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't like traditional rhyming poetry and the good news is this book doesn't contain it. Likewise, I don't like poetry that taskes an advanced degree to interpret. Unfortunately this book does. I can't agree at all with the printed reviews on thew back of the book. I didn't find any of the poems beautiful but rather just run on ramblings. I own and have read hundreds of books of poetry and while I like something fresh and away from the mainstream I just didn't get this book.