Penumbra: Poems

Penumbra: Poems

by Michael Shewmaker

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Penumbra—Michael Shewmaker’s debut collection—explores the half-shadows of a world torn between faith and doubt. From intricate descriptions of the rooms in a dollhouse, to the stark depiction of a chapel made of bones, from pre-elegies for a ghostly father, to his compelling treatment of his obsessed, human characters (a pastor, a tattoo artist, a sleepwalker, to name only a few), these are poems that wrestle with what it means to believe in something beyond one’s own mortality. Learned and formally adept, these poems consist of equal parts praise and despair. They announce Shewmaker as an important new voice in American poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446041
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 02/15/2017
Series: Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 498 KB

About the Author

Michael Shewmaker is a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, his poems appear in Yale Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Daily, Parnassus, Oxford American, New Criterion, Narrative, and elsewhere. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Emily.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Contents Doppelgänger One Winter Ghazal Diorama The Neighbors Upstairs The Lover Ink The Illusionist The Artifact Intersection Two The Curlew On a Chinese Festival Scene Carved into the Casque of a Helmeted Hornbill Harvest Crop Circles Automaton A Summer Primer Nocturne Three The Baptist The Devil in Grand Saline Babel An Apostate’s Prayer The Pastor’s Wife The Lepidopterist The Somnambulist La Llorona Tenebrae Four Overheard Digging My Father’s Grave The Orchard Auguress The Choice Horoscope for My Dying Father School Bus Graveyard Five The Seven Thunders Advent Destin Wedding The Pastor Übermensch The Mime of Thermopylae The Cooling Pond Photo Found on a Dead Man’s Phone The End of the Sermon

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