Rocket Fantastic

Rocket Fantastic


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Like nothing before it, Rocket Fantastic transfigures the landscape and language of gender and the body. Its poems are populated by figures both familial and fabular: a prodigal brother and a relentless father; the Hermit, Dowager, and Major General; and, perhaps most strikingly, the Bandleader, embodiment of sexual, capitalistic, and political dominance. As in her previous books, Gabrielle Calvocoressi shapes a hopeful, fluid future from the seemingly inescapable constraints of the past. Mythic and musical, erogenous yet wide-eyed, this is a dazzling book by a space-age troubadour of American poetry. -- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, New York : Persea Books Inc., [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780892554850
Characteristics: xi, 92 pages ; 24 cm
Other Standard Identifier: 40027466935


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Apr 17, 2018

Complex, organic, astronomical, lovely. Each poem and linking interstitial section builds on the previous, creating a mystery/narrative about childhood, growing up, family relationships, love and selfhood.

from "The Sun Got All Over Everything":
The sun opened
its mouth and made a gong of the canyons.

It poured across the girls and slicked across
their Dior lenses. I put my tongue on it
exactly when I should have been tearing
at my clothes and lighting candles.
I got on top and let it find the tightness
in my back and open where my wings would
be. Somewhere my mother was dying
and someone was skinning a giraffe.
And I let it go. I just let it go.


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