Black Aperture

Black Aperture

Poems

Book - 2013
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In his moving debut collection, Matt Rasmussen faces the tragedy of his brother's suicide, refusing to focus on the expected pathos, blurring the edge between grief and humor. In "Outgoing," the speaker erases his brother's answering machine message to save his family from "the shame of dead you / answering calls." In other poems, once-ordinary objects become dreamlike. A buried light bulb blooms downward, "a flower / of smoldering filaments." A refrigerator holds an evening landscape, "a tinfoil lake," "vegetables / dying in the crisper." Destructive and redemptive, Black Aperture opens to the complicated entanglements of mourning: damage and healing, sorrow and laughter, and torment balanced with moments of relief.



Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780807150894
0807150894
9780807150887
0807150886
9780807150870
0807150878
9780807150863
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Branch Call Number: 811.6 RAS
Characteristics: viii, 64 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 09, 2014

Gorgeous. Visually evocative and intimate response to suicide. Deep breaths and lingering over most.

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