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Soul in Space
     

Soul in Space

by Noelle Kocot
 

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"Illuminated, feral, Kocot's creativity engenders an excitement comparable to being twelve years old, exposed to good poetry or music or art for the first time. . . . One can't help but to be unsteady, but believe in that instability. . . . She leaves us hanging in the best way: always about to fall, always about to be saved."—Nick Sturm, Coldfront

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"Illuminated, feral, Kocot's creativity engenders an excitement comparable to being twelve years old, exposed to good poetry or music or art for the first time. . . . One can't help but to be unsteady, but believe in that instability. . . . She leaves us hanging in the best way: always about to fall, always about to be saved."—Nick Sturm, Coldfront

"Characterized by an utter irreducibility, Noelle Kocot's poetry displays an elemental movement of thinking and suggests a poetics of vision."—Jean-Paul Pecqueur, Rain Taxi

Noelle Kocot's poetry resets hierarchies in favor of a world outside of time or telescope. Soul in Space is a masterful combination of Kocot's intimacy and authority over poetic form, and leaves a brighter and weirder world in its wake.

But now, back to our story,

It has coffee in it, a naked river.
Blessed are we who rapture

An electric wire, blessed be
The falling things about our faces,

Blessed is the socket of an eye
That lights the body, because

In the end, in the very end, it's
Just you. You and you. And you.

Noelle Kocot is the author of six collections of poetry. Her work has been featured in The Best American Poetry (2012 and 2013) and in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (edited by Paul Hoover). She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, the Fund for Poetry, and the American Poetry Review . She lives in New Jersey.

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Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Part riddle, part reverie, and part prayer, the brief lyric poems that compose Kocot’s sixth collection inhabit a charged but quotidian space where “Everything / Is gone, and everything is comforting.” Kocot arranges the ephemera of the everyday in relation to each other and to the self as though striking a minor chord. Always private in tone but rarely confessional (“Talking about oneself is rarely/ Intimate.”), Kocot suffuses familiar domestic, urban, and suburban landscapes with a common loneliness, asking “what is the candy/ And the daylight/ And the horse without hunger?” For all of the casualness of a speaker who picks up and abandons ideas by quick turns, says “Yeah yeah yeah, but I’m serious,” asks “Taxi? Where are you?,” and appreciates “A sandwich/… there for us to munch on,” a deep preoccupation with the unknown and with the sublime runs throughout the book. Even when taking place in mundane settings, such as “traffic,” “faded rooms,” and “a supermarket at dusk,” there is attention to “The roar of enigma, the/ Special volume on the other side of things.” The observation “The movement of/ Grace beneath you runs like/ An orphic vision” could refer to the poems themselves, where and flotsam and jetsam of experience are buoyed by unending loss and enduring compassion. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933517742
Publisher:
Wave Books
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,293,095
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Meet the Author

Noelle Kocot is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, The Bigger World (Wave Books, 2011), and a book of translations of poems by Tristan Corbière, Poet by Default (Wave Books, 2011). Her previous works include the discography Damon's Room (Wave Books Pamphlet Series, 2010), Sunny Wednesday (Wave Books, 2009) and Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems (Wave Books, 2006). She is also the author of 4 and The Raving Fortune (both from Four Way Books). Her poems were included in the Best American Poetry anthologies for 2001, 2012, and 2013, as well as in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry edited by Paul Hoover. She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, The Fund for Poetry and the American Poetry Review, as well as a residency fellowship from Lannan Foundation. She currently lives in New Jersey.

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