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Still in Soil [Paperback]

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Still in Soil explores the body and its cycles to pull together the shards of life by detailing the physical world with deft particulars in lush, dense and rich poems. Throughout, Kyle Torke affirms family life, describing "the small offices of love" such as clean dishes or pieces of cut fruit. Ordinary experiences like taking sons to a soccer field to fly airplanes sustain individual life by linking it to the larger natural world. What other poet "knowing how dark passages require touch" has frozen a dead guinea pig to teach his sons about death? Providing perspective, "memory is the bullet" which penetrates the collection with a dark humor to make it vivid and hard edged. United throughout by passion and an intelligent perceptive mind, the collection reminds us that in spite of family, personal connections, each person is finally alone and left with desires that are not to be fulfilled in this world. Ultimately, however, "the movement of green is the grass bending for spring." The intense and compelling poems in Still in Soil will grab hold first of your mind, then remain in the recesses of your heart. Vivian Shipley, four time Pulitzer Prize nominee, editor of Connecticut Review, Distinguished professor at Connecticut State University, and author of twelve collections of poetry.

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Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 28, 2006
Publisher   World Audience, Inc.
ISBN  1934209171  
ISBN13  9781934209172  

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Geckos and Galaxies  Sep 24, 2007
In this generous, wide-ranging collection, Torke locates poetry, and therefore hope, in some unlikely places. Here's a poet with the courage and wisdom to demand that we always privilege "the small offices of love." Necessary reading.
Still in Soil  Jul 18, 2007
Still in Soil is a poetic commentary on life, the world around us, and human nature. The majority of the pieces in this collection are in fragmented prose form as if the author's thoughts magically appeared upon the page as the ideas flowed. This style creates the feeling of ease (despite the obvious time and effort put into these masterful poems) and sharing on a deep personal level that many poets can never hope to achieve.

The themes held within Still in Soil vary from contemporary situational and personal experiences to more timeless pieces that illustrate some facet of universal truth or some gem of insight into humankind as a whole. My favorite poems from this collection were those that were multi-dimensional. At first, the piece appeared to be an everyday, mundane situation but the author's words led to a musing far beyond the realm of that particular situation. I love poetry that challenges me to think beyond the here and now.
Celebrations of Live  Feb 12, 2007
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (1/07)

"Still in Soil" by Kyle Torke shares some of his deepest feelings. He speaks of a camping trip where during the early morning hours he sees an elk. He is caught between the desire to share the beautiful sight with his sons or let them sleep bundled protectively in their sleeping bags.

Kyle's poems are poignant. He refuses to allow his readers to forget that we are aging. He reminds us that we should cherish memories. There are times when we believe there are no tomorrows. But we should grasp each day and wring as many memories from it as possible.

I particularly enjoyed "Ride." The author recognizes that our children won't always be there with us. Like the plane, someday they will fly off for new adventures and we will be crying "come back."

"I took my sons to the soccer fields to fly airplanes,
tethered to us with radio signals, and early I felt
how like the planes were my sons: as capable
of flight as broken wings. The field seemed large
enough, and if the wind felt strong, we felt stronger.
We failed at first flight, but the second, a read bird
With yellow markings, warbled and wafted and took
Wing. She circled for a moment, as if examining
Us, such paltry creatures in a next clearly outgrown,
And headed away, over the houses, over the trees,
Grateful for the push, but even more grateful
For the current of wind and the sudden rush of blue
Sky that separated us, who ran after and yelled
"Come back!" as the plane nodded adieu and dipped
below the roofs and toward and streets and vanished."

"I Sing John Denver" touched my heart. I too am a John Denver fan and I've sung his songs to my children many times. John will live on through his music. I believe he would have enjoyed knowing Kyle wrote a poem about him.

"Still In Soil" by Kyle Torke is a delightful book of poems. I found myself reading one after another, unable to put the book down. I would ponder each poem for meaning and go back and reread a phrase here and there. Torke is extremely talented. He reaches into the life of man, pulls out the precious memories and places them on paper to remind man to cherish each one. I highly recommend this book to those that enjoy good poetry.
Dig in!  Jan 12, 2007
Okay, I admit it, I am biased. I have been lucky enough to have Kyle Torke as a professor for two, soon to be three classes, and have learned much from him. But truly, in writing a fair review, this book of poems really does show his character: on the surface of the "soil" amusing and light-hearted, but when you dig a little deeper, you see the caring individual.
And that is how I would describe his poetry as well. Even without meeting him, you can picture the people and events that he describes by the richness of language. For anyone interested in reading modern poetry, "Still in Soil" is a journey that you should take.

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