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Rocket Fantastic

Rocket Fantastic Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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.

Praise for the Book

"A vertiginous, wondering, painful, uncannily and deeply sexy book: Rocket Fantastic offers an arresting array of characters, escapees from the loneliest country song and swivellers to a wild jazz. This is an original American poetry in tune with the oldest myths and the latest wounds. . . . It is as if we have entered the green wood of traditional balladry—that charged, liminal space of encounter—without ever leaving a late twentieth/early twenty-first century America of war, debt, precarity, barbecues, radios, and guns. The humor, tenderness, rawness, gorgeous care and beauty here seem to me a new thing, a perfectly judged, mournful and joyful shimmering surprise." —Maureen N. McLane

"Gabrielle Calvocoressi's Rocket Fantastic is a mythic, personal journey through an inner constellation of self discovery— a lyrical celebration that blends animal and insect into luminous landscape and lover-laced bow ties. This poet pivots between the sublime thicket of the sensual and the violence of the hunt in this pinpoint navigation of family, memory and shine. Strap in. Stray not. Let yourself get loose and double on this riveting raft of poems, and you just might find a way home.—Tyehimba Jess

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is one of those writers I love so much that I look at bookstores’ shelves hoping she’s written a new book. Now she has, and the pleasure of these new poems about gender, ice, God, loss, joy, politics, love, and the struggle for meaning in language and in this difficult moment in the United States are all here for us—and we’re richer for it. Go find what’s lush, what’s troublesome, what’s an invitation to your own path in this magnificent new collection.—Rebecca Solnit

About the Author

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Apocalyptic Swing, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, winner of the Connecticut Book Award. Her poems have been featured in The New York Times and Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's "Poet's Almanac," and in numerous literary journals, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, and Poetry. She is Editor at Large for Los Angeles Review of Books and Assistant Professor and Walker Percy Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Hardcover / $25.95 (Can $39.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-485-0 / 96 pages / Poetry, Gender Studies


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