Orbit - Pitt Poetry Series (Paperback)Arthur Vogelsang (author)
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After reading the threatening paper this morning,
One cell from each of the 12 horoscope months.
So far, each cell has no characteristics
Except the right to bear arms.
We took their 12 little boxes for their first outing
Late this afternoon to Starbucks. Unloading
Their miniscule sidearms before we entered
And placing the weapons on top of each box
So they were in clear view
Wasn't too difficult (strapped to a stem cell,
A sidearm sticks out like a sore thumb),
Except we kept dropping the bullets in the car.
You can easily load the bullets without dropping them,
But it's very difficult to get them out of the chambers
Without dropping them, as you can imagine.
On the way home, we bought a nice thick book of fortune-teller readings,
Which I have called horoscopes previously,
One hundred separate forecasts, Aries to Pisces,
By one hundred different expert human forecasters,
To understand what will happen next to our babies.
Yes, we already know they are embryonic stem cells.
Yes, we love them.
Yes, we already know they will be sent out on the hallways to do their work.
Yes, they will disappear, it is their job, but the 12 horoscopes
Have them disappearing in 12 distinct ways.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 72
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8 mm
"Part vaudevillian, part shaman, Arthur Vogelsang celebrates the tenacious hopes of the hopeless and repeats aloud the snarling prayers of the lost. Voice-driven and maximal, each its own tonal high-wire act, Arthur Vogelsang's poems sear the imagination while either touching or ripping out the reader's heart."
--David St. John
"Arthur Vogelsang's new collection, Orbit, reminds me of James Joyce's description of the vehement anecdote that is poetry, where speech finds speech in a human continuity that is essential to all literature, but especially to the great wisdom literatures. This is such a surprising and wonderful book."
"Throughout this collection, Vogelsang navigates delicate balances . . . the majority of the pieces successfully enroll the reader: these poems intrigue much as alien landscapes do; they tempt with the spectacle of alternate worlds; they present linguistic and aesthetic iterations that are compelling for both their tautological nature and playful avoidance of conventional expectations, lines that evoke possibilities beyond the egoic narratives around which most lives unwaveringly resolve."