So Tall It Ends in Heaven: Poems

So Tall It Ends in Heaven: Poems

by Jayme Ringleb
So Tall It Ends in Heaven: Poems

So Tall It Ends in Heaven: Poems

by Jayme Ringleb


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“An intimate, assured debut.”—New York Times Book Review

With lush and deeply intimate language, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection So Tall It Ends in Heaven explores sexuality, estrangement, and the distances we travel for love.

Following the end of a marriage, So Tall It Ends in Heaven’s queer southern speaker tries to restore a relationship with his father. His father lives across an ocean, but more keeps them apart than just that: the father rejected his son long ago after learning that his son is gay. The poems search for answers across the United States and Europe, in and out of historical imagination, as the speaker struggles to separate his understanding of devotion and belonging from the constant losses in his life. Drawing from—and subverting—the formal traditions of love poems, parables, and elegies, the collection claims a vital space for one’s own solace. “Nobody will love you / like this poem does,” the speaker says; “Tell this poem / what you want. // Anything.”

In turns that are ruminative, funny, and tender, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection questions what and whom one lets go of by coming out—can love, in all its complexities, ever be uncoupled from grief?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781953534408
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication date: 09/20/2022
Pages: 104
Sales rank: 1,088,835
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Jayme Ringleb is a queer writer raised in the southern United States and northern Italy. Jayme’s poems have appeared recently in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Ploughshares. An assistant professor of English at Meredith College, Jayme lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents


Maybe You Are a Certain Man 3

My Husband, Lost in the Wild 5

I Was, of Course 9

Mutius in the Garden of Rejection 11

Love Poem to the Son My Father Wished For 14

Parable 16

North Florida 18

Stray 20

Goatfeathers 22

Six Valedictions from the Last Night I Loved You 24


Colloquy with Creeper and Beer 29

Game 32

A Little Learning 33

Love Poem against the Body 35

Threesome with Sea Monsters and Theft 36

Nemean Lion 38

Through Him, and with Him, and in Him 41

Parable 43

Ars Poetica 46

Ars Poetica for the Devil 47

Panacea, FL 52

Love Poem So Tall It Ends in Heaven 56

The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon 58

Ode for Dark Matter 60


A Wedding of Jackals 65


Peacock at a Garden Party 77

Love Poem 80

Self-Portrait as Medusa in Shock 86

Notes 91

Acknowledgments 93

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