Tom Sleigh Space Walk

ISBN 13: 9780547085999

Space Walk

3,34 valoración promedio
( 38 valoraciones por Goodreads )
 
9780547085999: Space Walk

Space Walk blasts off into realms of experience that show the imagination’s limitless capacity to be both brutal and uplifting. While many of the poems in this daring collection confront head-on our current American realities of empire, state violence, the endless “crisis chatter” of talking heads, and the eerie, weightless feeling of catastrophe, they are tethered to the gravitational pull of love and hope.
In Sleigh’s poems, rocket engines and pancake houses, space stations and mom’s kitchen, terrorist organizations and Sundays in a museum are all part of love’s galactic amplitude. Hailing Tom Sleigh’s work, the Los Angeles Times has written that he “stakes a claim on the planet of the imagination.” In The New Yorker’s words, he “asserts the importance of poetry itself,” showing us, in Space Walk, its restorative, recuperative powers.

"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

About the Author:

Tom Sleigh is the author of seven collections of poetry. He has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as numerous awards, including the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Hunter College.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:

Space Station

My mother and I and the dog were floating Weightless in the kitchen. Silverware Hovered above the table. Napkins drifted Just below the ceiling. The dead who had been crushed By gravity were free to move about the room, To take their place at supper, lift a fork, knife, spoon — A spoon, knife, fork that, outside this moment’s weightlessness, Would have been immovable as mountains.

My mother and I and the dog were orbiting In the void that follows after happiness Of an intimate gesture: her hand stroking the dog’s head And the dog looking up, expectant, into her eyes: The beast gaze so direct and alienly concerned To have its stare returned; the human gaze That forgets, for a moment, that it sees What it’s seeing and simply, fervently, sees . . .

But only for a moment. Only for a moment were my mother And the dog looking at each other not mother Or dog but that look — I couldn’t help but think, If only I were a dog, or Mother was, Then that intimate gesture, this happiness passing Could last forever . . . such a hopeful, hopeless wish I was wishing; I knew it and didn’t know it Just as my mother knew she was my mother

And didn’t . . . and as for the dog, her large black pupils, Fixed on my mother’s faintly smiling face, Seemed to contain a drop of the void We were all suspended in; though only a dog Who chews a ragged rawhide chew toy shaped Into a bone, femur or cannonbone Of the heavy body that we no longer labored To lift against the miles-deep air pressing

Us to our chairs. The dog pricked her ears, Sensing a dead one approaching. Crossing the kitchen, My father was moving with the clumsy gestures Of a man in a spacesuit — the strangeness of death Moving among the living — though the world Was floating with a lightness that made us Feel we were phantoms: I don’t know If my mother saw him — he didn’t look at her

When he too put his hand on the dog’s head And the dog turned its eyes from her stare to his . . .
And then the moment on its axis reversed, The kitchen spun us the other way round And pressed heavy hands down on our shoulders So that my father sank into the carpet, My mother rested her chin on her hand And let her other hand slide off the dog’s head,

Her knuckles bent in a kind of torment Of moonscape erosion, ridging up into Peaks giving way to seamed plains With names like The Sea of Tranquility — Though nothing but a metaphor for how I saw her hand, her empty, still strong hand Dangling all alone in the infinite space Between the carpet and the neon-lit ceiling.

To a Wasp on Fifth Avenue on the eleventh anniversary of my father’s death

Your faceted eyes in their huge sockets swivel like an antique pocketwatch’s balance wheel, the street in your stare multiplying to endless avenues of air that you in your lightness

get blown down, each instant an eon as you live out your afternoon inspecting the corner deli’s acid-rain eaten sill, oh to light there beside you in

February’s mumbling dementia . . . In an hour you’ll stiffen, mist locking you in ice until your brash buzz freezes to comet-light, the poison in your stinger held in solution

for the future as you scout the windowpane, your hot plush jacket making the air numb with false spring, as if your flight out of season injected in my vein this dizzying sensation

of space kneeling down to cup us in its palm — can this be you? Will you dare to land, your antennae gently tapping my black-gloved hand, my head a ghost nest ready to loose its swarm,

your stinger quivering just above my wrist in a display of what? fear, joy, our old double-edged trust?
Father wasp, love still potent with pain, in my buzz and burr will you know me as your own?

Hammer

Redwings cling to cattails while a hammer hammering nails rings an octave higher at each thwack thwack, the overtones decaying deliciously slowly.

And in that decay day presses down on nothing, though the tide spews up old tires gleaming, suppository treasures, plastic smoothed to an abalone shine.

I’m useless as a hammer found floating in the brine, seeming weightless on the sand as if it were that hammer left floating on the moon by a long-dead astronaut:

its lunar existence absently posthumous, it hovers in the ice age night and crematory day.
Its weightlessness would make it nauseous

if it weren’t dumb steel expanding, contracting — forever subject to laws it cannot know it doesn’t feel, it exists in a desert so absolute no molecule of rust can taint its shining.

I see your hand reach out to it but it keeps floating away: the steel shank and phallic head drift in the ccushioning void, dreaming of a nail

penetrating a lover’s flesh.
The only other thing moving over the moon’s pitted face is a long-forgotten flag feeding its stripes into the void.

When the moon finally wakes and breaks earth’s orbit it will be younger than the earth, it will take up the hammer and kiss it on the mouth.

Copyright © 2007 by Tom Sleigh. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.

"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

Los mejores resultados en AbeBooks

1.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 1
Librería
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. New paperback from bookstore stock.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Nº de ref. de la librería 111701250042

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 6,74
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

2.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 1
Librería
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. New paperback from bookstore stock. An unread copy. May have May contain a price sticker.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Nº de ref. de la librería 111701300055

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 6,74
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

3.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 1
Librería
Redux Books
(Grand Rapids, MI, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. New paperback from bookstore stock. An unread copy. May have May contain a price sticker.; 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Ships same or next business day!. Nº de ref. de la librería 111702020011

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 6,74
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

4.

Tom Sleigh
Editorial: Mariner Books, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 10
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
The Book Depository US
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, United States, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Space Walk blasts off into realms of experience that show the imagination’s limitless capacity to be both brutal and uplifting. While many of the poems in this daring collection confront head-on our current American realities of empire, state violence, the endless ?crisis chatter" of talking heads, and the eerie, weightless feeling of catastrophe, they are tethered to the gravitational pull of love and hope. In Sleigh’s poems, rocket engines and pancake houses, space stations and mom’s kitchen, terrorist organizations and Sundays in a museum are all part of love’s galactic amplitude. Hailing Tom Sleigh’s work, the Los Angeles Times has written that he ?stakes a claim on the planet of the imagination." In The New Yorker’s words, he ?asserts the importance of poetry itself," showing us, in Space Walk, its restorative, recuperative powers. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780547085999

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 11,98
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

5.

Tom Sleigh
Editorial: Mariner Books, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 10
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
The Book Depository
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, United States, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Space Walk blasts off into realms of experience that show the imagination’s limitless capacity to be both brutal and uplifting. While many of the poems in this daring collection confront head-on our current American realities of empire, state violence, the endless ?crisis chatter" of talking heads, and the eerie, weightless feeling of catastrophe, they are tethered to the gravitational pull of love and hope. In Sleigh’s poems, rocket engines and pancake houses, space stations and mom’s kitchen, terrorist organizations and Sundays in a museum are all part of love’s galactic amplitude. Hailing Tom Sleigh’s work, the Los Angeles Times has written that he ?stakes a claim on the planet of the imagination." In The New Yorker’s words, he ?asserts the importance of poetry itself," showing us, in Space Walk, its restorative, recuperative powers. Nº de ref. de la librería APC9780547085999

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 12,23
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

6.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Cantidad: > 20
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. PAP. Estado de conservación: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Nº de ref. de la librería IQ-9780547085999

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 9,04
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,42
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

7.

Sleigh, Tom
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: > 20
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Nº de ref. de la librería 1754405

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 9,13
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,42
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

8.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2017)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 5
Impresión bajo demanda
Librería
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2017. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. This item is printed on demand. Nº de ref. de la librería 0547085990

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 10,40
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 2,56
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

9.

Sleigh, Tom
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 10
Librería
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería INGM9780547085999

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 11,73
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,42
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

10.

Tom Sleigh
Editorial: Mariner Books (2008)
ISBN 10: 0547085990 ISBN 13: 9780547085999
Nuevos Paperback Cantidad: 1
Librería
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Mariner Books, 2008. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0547085990

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 14,62
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,42
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

Existen otras copia(s) de este libro

Ver todos los resultados de su búsqueda