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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

Joey Gould is a writing tutor from a town originally established as a utopian society. Since 2011, they helped orchestrate each iteration the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA. In addition, they have written articles for & assist as a recurring workshop leader for Student Day of Poetry events in schools across Massachusetts. They volunteer for The New York City Poetry Festival & occasionally perform as Izzie Hexxam in The Poetry Society of New York's Poetry Brothel. They joined a poetry circus, improv comedy/poetry events, & a poems-to-order art gallery event. They've curated a special issue section of Soundings East as a returning fellowship alum of & current generative workshop leader for The Salem State University Summer Poetry Seminar. A poetry editor in their own right (formerly of Golden Walkman & presently at Drunk Monkeys) their poetry can be found in issues of Five:2:One, Lily Poetry Review, District Lit, Memoir Mixtapes, & The Compassion Anthology, amongst others. They have been a Mass Audubon member since 2008.

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  • 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
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