In Accelerated Silence

Poems
 
 
Jake Adam York Prize; Milkweed Editions (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 11. Februar 2020
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  • 96 Seiten
 
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978-1-57131-735-3 (ISBN)
 
"The thin knife that severed your tumor," writes Brooke Matson in these poems, "it cleaves me still." What to do when a world is split-terribly, wholly-by grief? When the loss of the beloved undermines the most stable foundations, the most sacred spaces, of that world? What else but to interrogate the very fundamental principles themselves, all the knowns previously relied on: light, religion, physical matter, time?

Often borrowing voices and perspectives from its scientific subjects, In Accelerated Silence investigates the multidimensional nature of grief and its blurring of boundaries-between what is present and what is absent, between what is real and imagined, between the promises of science and the mysteries of human knowing, and between the pain that never ends and the world that refuses to. The grieving and the seeking go on, Matson suggests, but there comes a day when we emerge, "now strong enough / to venture out of doors, thin // and swathed in a robe," only to find it has continued "full and flourishing and larger than before."

Sensual and devastating, In Accelerated Silence-selected by Mark Doty as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize-creates an unforgettable portrait of loss full of urgency and heartache and philosophical daring.
  • Englisch
Milkweed Editions
  • 1,92 MB
978-1-57131-735-3 (9781571317353)
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Brooke Matson is the author of one previous collection of poems, The Moons. Her poems have most recently appeared in TAYO, Potomac Review, and Prairie Schooner, and have been selected for anthologies such as Towers & Dungeons and Railtown Almanac. She is also a book artist and a recipient of an Artist Trust Grant for Artist Projects and a Centrum residency. She currently resides in Spokane, Washington, where she is the executive director of Spark Central, a nonprofit dedicated to igniting creativity.
Contents

I
Ode to Dark Matter
Elegy in the Form of a Pomegranate
The Day Before
Red Giant
Supermassive Star
Maybe
Neurosurgery
Eve Splits the Apple
Broaden the Subject

II
The Law of the Conservation of Mass
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Metaphors of Mass Destruction
Psalm of the Israeli Grenade
Newton's Apple
Prism
Elegy in the Form of an Octopus

III
Eve's Apple
The Law of Inertia
Impossible Things
Electron Cloud
Centrifugal Force
Orionid Meteor
Elegy in the Form of Endangered Species
There Is a Room in the Four Dimensions of the Space-Time Continuum

IV
Elegy in the Form of Porcelain
Sonnet in the Higgs Field
Ode to a Fractured Conch
Elegy in the Form of Steam
Metamorphosis

V
How to Eat a Pomegranate
Elegy in the Form of a Butterfly Bush
Lithium
Sonnet on a Hook
Ode to a Rotting Apple
Amaryllis
Alchemy
Ode to the Returned
Ode to the Sun

Notes
Acknowledgments

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