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ISBN-13: 978-1602260009 ISBN-10: 1602260001 Edition: 1st
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"Think of Joan Jett crashing the Miss America Pageant and reading her poems for the talent competition! And winning! It's deus ex machina on adrenalin. How refreshing to read a book that fills the modern world with mystery once again. Erin Keane's first book helps us 'find the coiled infinite inside' so that we end up fluent in the pure language of awe." --Rane Arroyo, author of The Portable Famine and winner of the John Ciardi Poetry Prize

"With a confident and alert use of language, this poet sets out to discover both the ground of what matters and the music to accompany the discovery. In poems that by turns whisper secrets, belt out hard truths, and deliver lines like a shrewd stand-up comic, Erin Keane has put together a book that is as entertaining as it is compelling. What a fine mix of irreverence, insight, craft, and intelligence. The Gravity Soundtrack rocks." --Greg Pape, author of American Flamingo and Poet Laureate of Montana

"I've been a groupie of Erin Keane's poems for years and thought a full-length collection of her hip verses long overdue. The Gravity Soundtrack was worth the wait. Poem after poem here will make you smile, pause, think a little, feel like flirting. The pages brim with music and bourbon, myths and ghosts, a dreamy nostalgia for a past that never quite worked bolstered by a melancholic wish for a future that probably won't happen. Still, somehow, the rhythms swing and the pervasive feeling is buoyant celebration. These are poems that want to party! Keane has a sharp eye, a melodic ear, a sassy mouth, and a big ol' generous heart that keeps getting in the way. Nearly every one of her tunes sounds like a hit." --Gaylord Brewer, editor of Poems & Plays (literary journal) and professor at Middle Tennessee State University

About the Author

Erin Keane lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she directs the InKY Reading Series and teaches Pop Music in American Literature at Bellarmine University and creative writing workshops at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and a residency fellowship from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: WordFarm; 1st edition (October 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602260001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602260009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Erin Keane lives, works and writes in Louisville, Kentucky

Erin Keane is the author of The Gravity Soundtrack and Death-Defying Acts, a novel-in-poems about the circus. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Redivider, The Louisville Review, Verse Wisconsin, The Lumberyard, Nimrod, Phoebe, Spoon River Poetry Review. She is an arts reporter for WFPL, Louisville's NPR station.

Keane earned her MFA in creative writing at Spalding University and she teaches in the MFA in creative writing program at National University. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Counci.

Erin lives under the flight path, near a secret cemetery, with her partner Drew and her cats, Harold Bloom and Rex. She'd be happy to show you around.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth on October 31, 2007
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In her first full-length collection, Keane imagines the interior lives of record clerks and air guitar geeks, as well as a probable encounter of Shane McGowan meeting her father at an after life dive bar. She approaches her subjects slyly and with love, but never with nostalgia or syrupy sweetness.

Long legs, a sharp tongue and a graceful pen, Keane composed a soundtrack all readers will want to hear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Stokes on April 7, 2008
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Attentive readers have been keeping an eye on Erin Keane for some time now. While her earlier collections showed the promise of a remarkable talent, resting dormant like the proverbial butterfly in the proverbial chrysalis, the Gravity Soundtrack shows her talent blossoming in full, like the proverbial beautiful butterfly coming out of the chrysalis and realizing that is also a beautiful flower of mixed metaphor.

No, really, these are cool poems. If you like poetry; or if you had your love of poetry beaten out of you by reading musty old chestnuts in high school but are willing to accept the idea that they might still be relevant; or if you are indifferent to poetry but like bars, rock music or people; or if you like reading well-observed details about bars, about music, or about people who like them, you should read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teneice Delgado on February 13, 2008
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Erin Keane's first book is a triumph, a guidepost. Here is a voice that values the young and honors the time-tested. Keane's poems are honest and insightful, easy like breathing, seamless as pulling a trigger. It's like smoking a cigarette with the priest after taking confession. A definite must-read for alienated young readers and seasoned veterans.
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