Chris Forhan Black Leapt In

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Black Leapt In

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9780981987606: Black Leapt In

Poetry. Winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize selected by Phillis Levin, BLACK LEAPT IN is a collection of poems about Forhan's childhood in Seattle and his father, who committed suicide in 1973. In it he writes of family vacations, of secretly observing his father watching TV late into the night, of how his father "conceived of us, dealt us like cards to our mother" and of how his perceptions changed when his father died. "In this stunning new book, BLACK LEAPT IN, Chris Forhan makes narrative probe and sing the haunted, haunting landscapes of childhood and adolescence. Forhan unfolds his inventory of losses and joys with an unerring ear and an eloquence bordering on the visionary"--Gregory Orr.

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Chris Forhan is the author of BLACK LEAPT IN, winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize; The Actual Moon, The Actual Stars, winner of the Morse Prize and the Washington State Book Award; and Forgive Us Our Happiness, co-winner of the Bakeless Prize. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes, and his work appears in The Best American Poetry 2008. He teaches at Butler University in Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife, the poet Alessandra Lynch, and their son, Milo.

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Black Leapt In fathoms the infinite distance between once and now. A boyhood open as "a blue sky with a blimp in it" is, in an instant, interrupted: "I woke with no father. I knew what the sea wouldn't say. What I'd lost it had taken." Loss immense and entire is not the subject of this beautiful volume as much as a force that charges and changes every moment of perception, every act of speech. In poem after pitch-perfect poem, Chris Forhan summons back into being the texture of time--of a time, in all its inimitable particularity: a moth's wing ticking at a window, a box of sparklers, a plastic soldier tied to a parachute, confetti in an astronaut's crewcut, a patio chair, the wake-robin trillium. He raids the treasury of memory to give a full accounting; he climbs from the dark to proclaim, "No joy shall incur a debt / under my administration." Generous and artful, mordant and courageous, Chris Forhan has composed a work of hard-won knowledge and daring insight, driven by the desire to "listen differently," by an attentiveness whose promise is nothing less than atonement. His wish -- "for a clarity of mind / with fire in it" -- has been granted. --Phillis Levin

Open Black Leapt In to any poem for the thrill of finding a poet of eerie energy breaking new ground. These pages are full of unexpected images, passionate energy, and entirely new ways of making the homely, heartbreaking world as beautiful and odd as it deserves to be. The lines and their grief-stricken cadences invent a new music for the American experience. "Improbable: our toes and shoes, the tongues and laces . . ." of "Fourth Grade Science." "That billowy thing in flames back there? / That's not my circus tent. Never seen it." I have been reading Chris Forhan's poetry with pleasure for many years, but this new book kept me up late with its tricks and terrors as no recent collection has, thank God, for a long, long time. --Laura Kasischke

These poems have in them something of Theodore Roethke's excitement at being alive in the physical world---how much there is to see!---as well as Roethke's certainty of the darkness threaded all through the world. Yet they remain wholly Chris Forhan's poems---brooding and exuberant, tender and amazed. "The heart gets sad, you slap it," he writes. Fiercely observant, richly inventive, and sometimes very funny, Black Leapt In is a terrific book. --Lawrence Raab

Open Black Leapt In to any poem for the thrill of finding a poet of eerie energy breaking new ground. These pages are full of unexpected images, passionate energy, and entirely new ways of making the homely, heartbreaking world as beautiful and odd as it deserves to be. The lines and their grief-stricken cadences invent a new music for the American experience. "Improbable: our toes and shoes, the tongues and laces . . ." of "Fourth Grade Science." "That billowy thing in flames back there? / That's not my circus tent. Never seen it." I have been reading Chris Forhan's poetry with pleasure for many years, but this new book kept me up late with its tricks and terrors as no recent collection has, thank God, for a long, long time. --Laura Kasischke

These poems have in them something of Theodore Roethke's excitement at being alive in the physical world---how much there is to see!---as well as Roethke's certainty of the darkness threaded all through the world. Yet they remain wholly Chris Forhan's poems---brooding and exuberant, tender and amazed. "The heart gets sad, you slap it," he writes. Fiercely observant, richly inventive, and sometimes very funny, Black Leapt In is a terrific book. --Lawrence Raab

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