The Acute Avian Heart Paperback – September 16, 2019
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The poems in The Acute Avian Heart present to the reader a searing, yet conversational look at the inside of a fine poetic mind--one sharp & ready for the world & all of its bounty of nuance. It takes an astute & careful poet to create a landscape that not only holds many truths but also enacts the co-existence of said truths using form, song, units of sound. & perhaps the most startling & poignant aspect of this collection is that it does not shy away from harsh realities, but rather, invites the reader into them, shows facets softened with wisdom & praise, shot through with love. Not the kind of love we like to reduce to one or two probabilities, but an infinite love, a nearly-ecstatic love: "It tastes like/genuine affection--not even love, but sweet: /a still, low lake." This collection is a brilliant one, from an emerging poet at the start of a supersonic career.
--July Westhale, author of Trailer Trash, Via Negativa, Occasionally Accurate Science, & Quantifiable Data
The grand motif throughout this stunning debut is what Yeats called "a terrible beauty," and Gould undergoes transformations--grief, loss, gender, love, sex--in that dangerous place where the human and the terrifyingly endangered non-human worlds overlap. The Acute Avian Heart is a brutal multitude of new, ancient voices, a feast before which Gould examines the guts of their past and present like a haruspex, searching for the precise configurations to carry grief into a celebration, an impossibility of doors, a world behind each. Gould is the future songbird, "the robin's antimatter aloof eye," through which, for once, the future looks good.
Sam Witt, author of Little Domesday Clock.
About the Author
- Publisher : Lily Poetry Review (September 16, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 86 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1733768343
- ISBN-13 : 978-1733768344
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.21 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,571,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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