Tour of the Breath Gallery: Poems (Walt McDonald First-Book Series)

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In her first volume of poetry, novelist Sarah Strong celebrates silence and what can be learned when we wait and listen. In this stillness, she shows us, we may hear answers to questions we have learned not to ask. Exploring how our subtlest gestures speak our most passionate concerns, she maps the intricacies of body—the fingers of a hand, the work of breathing—with the same dexterity she investigates what inspires a mother to demolish a kitchen wall or a lover to change genders. Strong also examines spiritual experience—in Buddhist practice, in re-imagined biblical narratives, and in the details of daily life. Formally alert and often funny, Tour of the Breath Gallery relies on the music of everyday speech as it charts the interplay of the domestic and the sublime with a wise and generous grace.

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Sarah Pemberton Strong is also the author of the novel, The Fainting Room (Ig Publishing, 2013) and the novel, Burning the Sea (Alyson Books, 2002). She is the poetry editor for New Haven Review, and her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Southwest Review, The Southern Review, Cream City Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, RATTLE, and The Sun. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her spouse and daughter.

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"Basement"

This is where it all arrives, stacked

like baggage at its final destination.

With the weight of the claimed:

those so expensive

boots that never fit right, the set

of socket wrenches that were free

with a checking account.

Everything down here is yours:

the mildewed boxes labeled Christmas Cards,

the wedding dress saved in a body bag.

That can of paint you descended

these badly lit stairs to retrieve

is hidden behind that tent there, its stakes

and poles long gone, duffled beneath

the battered kitchen table at which you

and your father watched Nixon resign.

And there beside the furnace

is your broken-zippered luggage,

which someday you might even drag

to the curb, abandoning it though it bears

what used to be your address, on tags attached

to handles whose leather

is worn out from being carried.

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