Rocket Fantastic

Rocket Fantastic

by Gabrielle Calvocoressi


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From the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, a spellbinding reinvention of self, family, and gender.

Like nothing before it, Rocket Fantastic reinvents the landscape and language of the body in interconnected poems that entwine a fabular past with an iridescent future by blurring, with disarming vulnerability, the real and the imaginary. Sorcerous, jazz-tinged, erotic, and wide-eyed, this is a pioneering work by a space-age balladeer.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554850
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Apocalyptic Swing, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, and Rocket Fantastic. She is Associate Professor and Walker Percy Fellow in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an editor-at-large for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

A Note for the Reader xi

Shave 3

[There's a point where it all gets still] 4

The Sun Got All Over Everything 7

[I remember Dad would tell us the story of Isaac] 9

[S/S's huge. Standing there in the woods] 10

Major General 13

Let yourself get loose and double 15

Achingly Beautiful How the Sky Blooms Umber at the End of the Day, Through the Canopy 18

[Locked away we're like a Russian novel] 19

[It's not all bad, I mean we laugh out here] 22

[I like it when S/S touches me there, right above the forehead] 23

[Out here it's okay to be nothing] 25

In a Landscape of Perpetual Springtime 26

She Ties My Bow Tie 28

[The Bandleader calls it the Angel Position] 29

[Dad and I, we once went up to the mountains] 32

Major General 33

[Falcon in the trees, bobcat in the grasses] 35

Fox 39

Major General 41

[S/S's really beautiful. When S/S's standing in the trees] 43

[If I wait long enough I'll hear them nesting] 45

I Had a Mane Once 46

[I was on all fours] 47

The Good Guy's Got No Chance, It's Sad 50

[S/S's really beautiful when S/S thinks no one is looking] 51

Major General 53

[I like it when S/S touches me there] 55

[S/S said, I want you in my mouth] 56

[T. says it's fine because they don't understand the things we're saying.] 58

Major General 59

Some Thoughts on Building the Atom Bomb 61

[I like the twang and sometimes we can hear it on the radio] 63

Four Long Years At Court 64

Null Point 69

Dry Season at the End of the Empire 70

Major General 71

[I like to watch whose start to want things] 72

[It's a long way to go to get away] 74

"I was popular in certain circles" 75

[Some kids killed a goat and cooked him in the ground] 77

[You can hold a duck down on a rock and cut its head off] 79

In the Darkness of the House of Pleasure 83

Who Holds The Stag's Head Gets to Speak 88

Praise House: The New Economy 89

[The paint Chipped away on the wall looked like the bull] 91

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