Rapture & the Big Bam (Snowbound Chapbook Award) (Paperback)

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Winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Award, selected by Lia Purpura

With funky tempos and stretched, staggering lines, Matt Donovan's new sequence interrogates the ways our daily lives teem with beauty and loss. Using figures engrained in American culture to portray collisions of pleasure with tragedy, he summons singers Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, athlete Babe Ruth, painters Paul Cezanne and John Singer Sargent, and musicians John Coltrane and Lou Reed to offer evidence for what creation can cost. A beloved music teacher who died prematurely is extolled by re-enacting his passion for both Bach and Scott Joplin, and the promise of a first pregnancy is juxtaposed with a surge of family funerals. As "each day lurches us toward ... / things dying, things newborn," the poet of Rapture & the Big Bam can be either a companion in mourning or a celebrant of unbeaten anticipation.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781936797943
ISBN-10: 1936797941
Publisher: Tupelo Press
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: Snowbound Chapbook Award