Synopses & Reviews
Rarely has a first book of poems been more exalted than Gabrielle Calvocoressi s The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, which the Times Literary Supplement called an excoriation of present-day America by a new and lethal commentator. Now, in this extraordinary follow-up, Calvocoressi continues her mission to document the particular hardships of derelict American small towns.These, though, are different poems, their lens cracked and turned on a narrator seeking her own deliverance from abandonment and violence. Battered but never beaten, this narrator finds salvation in ecstatic communion with the gods of jazz and especially boxing: O Tommy Hearns, O blood come down, she prays. Find your way to Hungerford where my/father glowers over me. Show him/how the bag does penance. In such prayers she finds the strength to survive the home she has to leave and, once she does, the strength to face the fires she finds flaring the country over, from Los Angeles to Laramie. Apocalyptic Swing is a work of unbelievable force, a devastating and glorious testimony about America its lore, disappointments, and promise.
"She is a daring act as a poet/athlete . . . but she can also travel the backwoods, pointing out herons, ivy vines and creek water with a kind of divining rod rightness. . . . Her wild lyrics shudder and shine, jubilant and threatening, exuberant."--Carol Muske-Dukes,
Now in paperback, a 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist.
Now in paperback, a 2009 Book Award finalist.
About the Author
Gabrielle Calvocoressi has won the Bernard F. Connors Prize from the Paris Review and a Rona Jaffe Award for Emerging Women Writers. She teaches in the graduate writing programs of California College of the Arts and Warren Wilson College. She lives in Los Angeles.