spotlight: STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL


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STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL, the debut full-length poetry collection of Stanford Cheung, is an imperative to recall and forge an internal landscape bound by kites, transmission towers, and the shifting sky — where seemingly unrelated subjects become the very acts of narrative and perception.


advance praise for the collection:

 

STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL is a book infused with the joy of discovering the possibilities of language, of imagination and of being human. As its final poem fades out – it literally fades into the page – I find myself recalling, from the poem “Letter to the Unsaid,” these lines: “I want to wake up and never/ let the sleep go/”

— Nathan Spoon, author of Doomsday Bunker (Swan World, 2017)


excerpt from STRUCTURES FROM THE STILL:


NIGHT AS LAMENT

The kite of your heart
wants a tug
wants to shake
your invention of blue
into pacemaker
and the hour
when the sky grows old
of itself
as the sun uproots
and ties a ribbon knot into
the blue  
unfurls to the tune
and broken chords
a blue kite
against the
cold