Planetary Tambourine

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9781891033322: Planetary Tambourine

A collection of ninety-nine sonnets.

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Steven Nightingale is a graduate of Stanford University, and in addition to his books of sonnets, he is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Lost Coast and The Thirteenth Daughter of the Moon. He has spent considerable time in the wildest country of the American West, where he is on a first-name basis with various coyotes. Most recently, he has lived in Granada, Spain, that city of Moorish palaces and accumulated centuries of good verse. He now resides in Woodside, California.

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Steven Nightingale's collection of sonnets is finely wrought and full of light. Formally elegant, this book is testimony to a life richly lived. The sonnet, as Neruda has famously reminded us, is a little house. The ninety nine poems in The Planetary Tambourine are a fine addition to the tradition. Many of the poems are of marriage and familial love, transformative, healing, good. --Mary O'Malley, Irish poet, author of five books

Steven Nightingale proves once again that the sonnet, like rock 'n roll, will never die. --Billy Collins, Former U.S. Poet Laureate

What poetic form has proven more resilient and adaptable than the sonnet? The author s fourth book and second collection of sonnets demonstrates that much remains to be done within the familiar confines of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. While some recent sonneteers have stretched and bent the form almost beyond recognition, Nightingale is pleased to work rather close to the tradition, and nearly all of these poems are quite regular in their rhyme schemes (usually English) and metrics. Often the poems take up traditional subjects as well: love, the seasons, the sonnet itself. The subject of poems has always been much less important than their execution, however, and Nightingale has the right hands for this work. Consider the string of adjectives at the end of this love sonnet, at once graceful and inventive: Our bodies brushed smooth by a wonderment / More than hope, loss, peace and waking/ Mindful, dangerous, trustworthy lovemaking. Or this brace of questions from Meeting You Early in the Evening, and the skillful changes they ring on conventional imagery of light and darkness: Did you see how twilight was searching the sky? / Did you see how the starlight that you bring / Searches for my knot of darkness to untie? Nightingale s language is his own, even when he takes up a subject like Simple Day-to-Day Work. Frost famously praised such work in Mowing ( The fact is the sweetest dream that labor knows ), but Nightingale asks readers to know the work not yours, not merely human work, but that done on ocean floors and planned by / Sunflowers and ideas of sea-birds. Like many of his poems, this one achieves stretches across wide ranges of space and thought within its few lines. Sometimes the imaginative reach is metaphysical, even religious. What if Transfiguration is Just Part of the Gig? takes risks even more outrageous than its hefty title in its call for attentiveness to the physical world and change in response: May the metropolis --Foreword Magazine March/April 2007 by Jeff Gundy

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