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Frontier of Going: An Anthology of Space Poetry Unknown Binding

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  • Unknown Binding: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Books; Second Printing edition
  • ASIN: B000NRUZM8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2010
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The late 1960s -- a period of creative fervor & ferment, with some surprising cross-pollination between different fields. One of the most interesting examples was the intersection of counterculture, science fiction, and poetry. This slim anthology, like its literary sibling "Holding Your Eight Hands," is a printout from that now distant time & place.

From "Moondust," by John Wain:

Stone, torrent, and the moon: broken machines.
You light your world from a dark sky. In sleep
flesh cools from the hot fevers of the day,
the mind grows calm after the waking dream
of action, choice and movement. Motionless
the mountains face the moon. Only the air
pure, silent, thinning into nothingness,
spreads its cool gulf of emptiness between them,
adding no word to their ancient dialogue
of shape and light, nothing but shape and light.

This is poetry that uses & explores the mythology of space travel as envisioned in the 1960s, wth its enormous potential for both transcendence & alienation. 40 years later, it's like seeing a ghost of what might have been, a promising course abandoned too soon in favor of safety & complacency.

From "Spacepoem 3: Off Course," by Edwin Morgan:

the golden flood the weightless seat
the cabin song the pitch black
the growing beard the floating crumb
the shining rendezvous the orbit wisecrack
the hot spacesuit the smuggled mouth-organ
the imaginary somersault the visionary sunrise
the turning continents the space debris

It's difficult for someone who didn't come of age then to understand just how potent the mythology of actual space travel really was, I suppose.
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