Synopses & Reviews
The poetry of David Biespiel is lyrical and sensual, celebrating the physical facts and pleasures of this world. Many of these poems find their focus in the rural Southwest of Oklahoma and Texas where Biespiel grew up, and on the beaches and coasts of the Pacific Northwest where the author now lives. Bayous and lilacs, sanderlings and willows, and young lovers on a diving platform at 3 a.m., become, in Shattering Air, emblems for the correspondence between the natural world and the human spirit. This is David Biespiel's first poetry collection.
"The imagination in David Biespiel's Shatterin Air is as luminous as the hear is generous."--Stanley Plumly
Table of Contents
There were no deer in the thicket -- In the dream I'm running -- That voice, those petals -- At twenty-eight thousand feet -- Toward metaphor -- White roses -- Walking with Virgil -- Nothing but light on the mind -- Country western -- What gifts of love or quiet joy -- I count a hundred falling stars each summer -- Dead -- I think of your eyes -- Autumn of the body -- Before the first light -- Late June -- Lilacs -- It is truth and its paradise -- A love story -- Hideaway -- Self-portrait as maniac -- Tower -- Against Romanticism -- Waiting room -- Retreat -- Holy water -- Ruth in the fields -- The heat sours -- To a sanderling -- The clock in the nursery -- Each touch the future -- The dying come back -- Dancing children -- Constitutional.