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"I can think of no other poet-except Neruda-who has inscribed the sensual world with such accurate charm. . . . Her poems are seriously delicious: toothsome and saucy, wise and mischievous."-Alice Fulton, author of Cascade Experiment
This eagerly anticipated second collection of elegant and exuberant poems from the award-winning author of Miracle Fruit will charm and surprise. A calm and gentle wisdom wafts through Aimee Nezhukumatathil's sharp and unpretentious poetry, guiding the reader eloquently though physical and emotional scenery, shaping insight from a miscellany of images and emotions.
Nezhukumatathil uses a dark and lovely natural world as a backdrop and elemental character in her poems. Here, worms glow in the dark, lizards speak, the most delicious soup in the world turns out to be deadly, and a woman eats soil as if it were candy. At the Drive-In Volcano explodes with brazen charm, verve, and wit.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize awarded by Gregory Orr, the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in poetry, and the Global Filipino Award. Her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, FIELD, Mid-American Review, and Tin House. She is an associate professor of English at State University of New York Fredonia, where she has received the Hagan Scholar Award and the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Tupelo Press
ISBN 1932195459 ISBN13 9781932195453
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More About Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of LUCKY FISH (2011); AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in poetry, and the Global Filipino Award. Her poetry and essays have been widely anthologized and have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, FIELD, Mid-American Review, and Tin House. Aimee was awarded a 2009 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, has twice served as a faculty member at the Kundiman retreat for Asian-American writers and has given readings and workshops from Amsterdam to San Francisco. She is associate professor of English at State University of New York-Fredonia, where she is a recipient of the campus-wide Hagan Young Scholar Award and the SUNY Chancellor's Medal for Scholarly and Creative Activities. She lives with her husband and two young sons.
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some of these poems resist finishing Aug 18, 2008
The most interesting thing about the poems in this book is how many of them resist my finishing them. Often I would come across a line or an image that would momentarily push me out of the poem, seeming to say, "That's enough. That's what you needed to 'get' out of this poem." I would continue and almost always find double delight in the end. But these poems are quite like hiking up the side of a volcano, only to be arrested every few steps by some new and intriguing vista, forgetting, for a moment why you are climbing.
Just as good as I was expecting. May 30, 2008
Aimee Nezhukumatathil, At the Drive-in Volcano (Tupelo Press, 2007)
Anyone who's read Aimee Nez' two previous books, Miracle Fruit and Fishbone, certainly knows what to expect from one of America's fastest-rising poetic stars-- another volume of witty, insightful, incredibly observant poems. (Reading her blog the last few years, I think I've found the source of the "observant" bit-- Nez is also an excellent photographer.) And, of course, the author does not disappoint:
"You are the father of my father and I am the mosquito of the rain barrel. I give to you three ripples of night water, one single white petal
of a frangipani tree. I give to you four limes to crush into a spicy pickle sauce. A clasp of coconut gives me back
a day when you were alive, when you showed me the monkeyface of the shell, the gallop in each clap...." ("What the Mosquito Gives")
Miracle Fruit got itself a very high place on the Beast Reads list the year I first read it; I imagine At the Drive-in Volcano will do the same this year. I've been reading a decent amount of poetry so far in 2008, and Nezhukumatathil is, in my estimation, certainly capable of hanging with the big dogs; this is great stuff, as usual. If you haven't yet discovered her wonderful poetry, this is as good a starting point as any of her books, and I cannot recommend her work highly enough. She's right up there with Richard Siken and Timothy Donnelly as one of the next generation's classics-in-waiting. **** ½