Freisinger's new poetry collection is inhabited alike by bright, tangible images and thoughtful, intricate meditations. Pumpkins, poultry houses, sperm tests, a vacuum cleaner salesman, a father's damaged brain, an anatomist's tools, a baby falling from a fourth-story window-all of these come to the page distinct and palpable. At the same time, the work finds a central inspiration in theoretical work like Jeremy Rifkin's social criticism. Poetry of both the mind and the heart, Plato's Breath embraces the power of imagination to transform the ordinary into an extraordinary affirmation of life.
Table of ContentsContents Foreword by Herbert Leibowitz ONE Saved Supply, Demand After Reading Wordsworth’s Prelude, Book I Antediluvian: Kansas City, Summer, 1953 Shop Class, 1955 Thirty-Fifth Bombing Mission, Cerignola, Italy Stopping to Dance Catalog People First Fantasy Spring Burial Hints for Dissection: Gray’s Anatomy Plato’s Breath TWO In Front of A Small Town Radio Station Miscarriage: Goose Bay, Labrador Missouri Voices Stalking Prairie: Madison, South Dakota The Kirby Man The Cat in the Hat: A Sequel Dead Language The Psychological Present Aphasia: The Breakdown of Language The Woman in Blue Story Fragment in Snow THREE Door Hanging Sperm Test Winter Storm Thoughts on a Child’s Nose Swallowed by A Dog Banking Shit Happens Game of Touch Walt Whitman At Timber Creek Killer Hold The Catch Acknowledgments About the Author About the May Swenson Poetry Award