Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey

Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey

by Ruth Thompson
Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey

Whale Fall & Black Sage: Poems of the Journey

by Ruth Thompson

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At the beginning of Whale Fall & Black Sage, “three strange angels” command the poet: Go down./ Now you must love that too. She descends into the darkness of whale fall, with its strange creatures both real and imaginary, its song of death and rebirth. Returning to the upper world, her journey becomes more difficult, increasingly revelatory, ultimately transformative.The book ends with a joyous, fully embodied Whitmanesque crow. In Whale Fall & Black Sage, the praise poems of Here Along Cazenovia Creek have deepened and become more resonant: “This is the blood/of black sage:/resinous, unfailing.//A leaf crushed/between fingers like this/saves us from desolation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732952102
Publisher: Saddle Road Press
Publication date: 12/21/2018
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)

Table of Contents

Whale Fall

About Whale Fall

At The Whaling Museum, Point Lobos

The Calling (First Chorus)

Holy Feast (Second Chorus)

Brimstone Banquet (Third Chorus)


Chorus of the Slow Worms

Song Eater


Witch of Whale Fall

Natalia Molchanova, Free Diver, Never Found

The Three Strange Angels Call

Black Sage

Beginning the Journey

Fish, Jackrabbits

Mynah Eye

The Companion Arrives

Kintsugi Mountains

Reversing the Spell

Deva Song

The Bear

At the Mouth of the Labyrinth

She Calls To the Minotaur

On the Journey, She Becomes Eve

Lightness, High Desert

Angel Tongue

The Horses: A Haibun

The Dream of Penelope

In Koosharem


Ode to a Leaf of Black Sage

Crow Teaches the Song of Himself


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