In Drift and Pulse, her third book of poems, Kathleen Halme is fascinated with the domain where matter is experienced as mind. Drawing upon brain science, anthropology, and biology, these poems take aim at the big questions of form and death, how we “sublime and die.” The persistent “longing for shapes as elegant as instinct,” the rituals and fictions we invent to meet the needs of a ceaselessly revised universe animate the poems. Between “drift and pulse,” the capacity for transcendent experience is expressed as a hard-wired process of human brain architecture.
About the Author
Kathleen Halme grew up in Wakefield, a post-mining town in Michigan's upper peninsula. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the Univsersity of Michigan, where her work earned her the Hopwood Creative Writing Award. Her previous two books of poetry are Every Substance Clothed, winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series, and Equipoise, Sarabande Books.
Table of Contents
Are • The Other Bank of the River • Vie • The Galaxies are Where They Ought to Be • To Klickitat and Back • Rites, Practices, Spells, and Symbols • The Sun, The Moon, The Sea, and Men and Women • That Ocean in Which Dropped Things are Bound to Sink • What I Paid For/Things to Do/Be Conscious Of • Sap • Meriwether • The Bungalow Museum • A Diversion • Voluptuary • Port of Entry • The Maggot in the Mushroom • Futures Always Find Their Forms • The Brain Tells Us What Is Real • Bulls in Clearcut • Orb • Scape • Core • Viewmaster • Poppy Sleeping • What Self • Box Jelly • Drift and Pulse • Apostrophe a Go-Go • After Incandescence • Comb • Holocene • Notes
What People are Saying About This
"Sorceress of language, alchemist of the heart, singer of the inner life of things, Kathleen Halme celebrates with wit, humor, and an abiding sense of wonder, 'the three-pound storm / that is my brain and me.' If 'what will suffice is pleasure,' these beautiful poems, 'silly with light,' will, in their dazzle and amplitude, more than suffice. Drift and Pulse is a book of marvels, a marvel of a book."
"What suffices in Kathleen Halme's Drift and Pulse is the drift of language into its innermost forms, the pulse of language made different by light. What suffices is beauty and balance, life's profoundest realities profoundly felt, infolded into pure language."