…things poised on the brink of revelation
Part of the University of Arkansas Press Poetry SeriesRead Dog's Ars Poetica
In these poems, Michelle Boisseau troubles sound into music and light into color. She renders the physics of absence and the deceptions of presence: a garage full of haunted tools, the ordinary and odd lives embodied in medieval paintings, the voice of a father traveling on radio waves. The poems contemplative, rigorous intelligence affirms pleasure in the fallen world, picking out the golden thread in a dark tapestry. Moving through us in waves of light and sound, the words and trappings of the material world brim here with spiritual force and resonate with the power of things poised on the brink of revelation: trembling the air.
A troubling music, a poignant mortalityMichelle Boisseau comes into full maturity in Trembling Air, her learned and heartbreaking third book of poems.
Michelle Boisseau is also the author of Understory (Northeastern, 1996), winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize; No Private Life (Vanderbilt, 1990); and, with the late Robert Wallace, Writing Poems (Longman, 2003). She has won many awards, including an NEA fellowship. She teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Dog's Ars Poetica
Though its whiskers take the air's temperature, and its gritty