Synopses & Reviews
From take-off to landing and everything in between, this anthology is about flying and the culture surrounding this precarious method of transportation. From the awe of being airborne to the shrink-wrapped airplane meals, from the phobia of flying to the very real reason for that fear, everything is explored.
"One hundred years after Orville and Wilbur Wright's first manned flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C., poets respond in a multitude of ways to the simple yet miraculous fact that humans take to the air and stay there. Maybe we're more blasénow than Apollinaire was when he celebrated 'the machine that flies early in the twentieth century.' But looking out of a small window, we may still gasp in wonder as we fly over Bryce Canyon, or as we take off and land at dusk, the heavens lit up with their psychedelics. We can experience, in William Matthews' words, 'the blue, sourceless, amniotic light / in which the world, hidden by clouds, seems / from 39,000 feet to float.'
We began to work on this anthology before 9/11 and in the days after, when selecting the poems, I still wanted to honor the original conception to make an anthology of literary works inspired by the myriad aspects of flying. There are as many individual responses to these experiences as there are writers who have written about them: awe, boredom, fear, surprise, delight, transcendence. The poems in this anthology offer differing perspectives, in many voices and styles. . . . Flying, floating, in between: a very good place for poets, for whom rumination comes as second nature."
From the Introduction by Coeditor Judith Taylor
Air Fare Contributors
Andrea Hollender Budy
Alain de Botton
Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Naomi Shahib Nye
Charles Harper Webb
From takeoff to landing, this anthology is about flying and the culture surrounding this precarious method of transportation.
From takeoff to landing and everything in-between, this anthology is about flying and the culture surrounding this precarious method of transportation. From the awe of being airborne to the shrink-wrapped airplane meals, from the phobia of flying to the very real reason for that fear, everything is explored.
Contributors include: Diane Ackerman, Margaret Atwood, Sharon Bryan, Andrea Hollender Budy, Kelly Cherry, Alain de Botton, Richard Garcia, Lise Goett, Albert Goldbarth, Jeffrey Harrison, Brenda Hillman, Peter LaSalle, Philip Levine, Lee Martin, William Matthews, Ian McEwan, Campbell McGrath, Carol Muske-Dukes, Marilyn Nelson, Naomi Shahib Nye, Barbara Ras, Sherrod Santos, Bruce Smith, Susan Stewart, Terese Svoboda, James Tate, Jean Valentine, Arthur Vogelsang, Charles Harper Webb, Jan Wesley, Colson Whitehead, Gary Young
The perfect flying companion: an anthology of poems, stories and essays on flying.
About the Author
Taylor is the author of two collections of poetry, Selected Dreams from the Animal Kingdom (Zoo Press, 2003), and Curios (Sarabande Books, 2000) as well as a chapbook, Burning, for which she received the Portlandia Prize. Taylor is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches literature and writing classes in Los Angeles, and is the editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry. Brown recently graduated from the M.F.A. at VT College and is working on a collection of short stories with grant help from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She studied English Literature at Oxford University as an English Speaking Union Scholar and was the editorial assistant for Hunter S. Thompson in 1997. Her work has been featured in The Writer's Chronicle and Mammoth Books' 2003 Sudden Stories anthology. She currently lives in Louisville where she is the Director of Development and Marketing at Sarabande.