Vagrant (One) in Thin Air
décollages by t thilleman
ISBN 978-1-949966-83-1 96 pages $35.00
... it looks and feels like nothing...nothing standard "poetry" -- feels from moment to moment that it is going to change again in my hands. There are wonders everywhere. To say "blaspheme grasps/the hot core of mercy is all/up/hill" is almost to say what in the back of the mind feels like something said before, but where...in what religious context. For me this is the most beautiful aspect of the book, how it becomes familiar, a familiar.... If you can produce this during such a dreary age as we have just endured for four years getting worse each year, well, this book, it suddenly occurs to me, is the antidote you have been secretly concocting.
vagrant one in thin air
fathom trinket rummaging parabolas
drift kissing the circus of panic you step in
flyball over the moat
Well, there you go shimmering
Karen Garthe is author of the hauntRoad (Spuyten Duyvil), frayed escort (winner of the 2005 Colorado Prize), The Banjo Clock (University of California Press, 2012) and a chapbook Café between wars (Red Glass Books, 2014). Her poetry and essays appear in numerous print and online journals. She lives in New York City.
t thilleman is the author of some 30 books of poetry and prose, including Three Sea Monsters (Our History of Whose Image) in which journal entries and poetic sequences investigate the legacy of Pound’s redactions to Fenollosa’s original manuscript version of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry; Snailhorn (fragments), a 360 poem cycle utilizing vedic transitions in celestial to allegorical articulation; and a novel Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen. His literary essay/memoir, Blasted Tower, was issued by Shakespeare & Co./Toad Suck in 2013. The Special Body, a second work of literary comment by Rain Mountain Press (2016). Anatomical Sketches, the first section of a longpoem in meditation anent paleontology / archaeology, is published by Madhat (2019). conchwoman.com.