Trembling Air


Michelle Boisseau
978-1-55728-752-6 (paper)
July 2003


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In these poems, Michelle Boisseau troubles sound into music and light into color. She renders the physics of absence and the deceptions of presence: a garage full of haunted tools, the ordinary and odd lives embodied in medieval paintings, the voice of a father traveling on radio waves. The poems’ contemplative, rigorous intelligence affirms pleasure in the fallen world, picking out the golden thread in a dark tapestry. Moving through us in waves of light and sound, the words and trappings of the material world brim here with spiritual force and resonate with the power of things poised on the brink of revelation: trembling the air.

Michelle Boisseau is also the author of Understory, winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize; No Private Life; and, with the late Robert Wallace, Writing Poems. She has won many awards, including an NEA fellowship. She teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

“A troubling music, a poignant mortality—Michelle Boisseau comes into full maturity in Trembling Air, her learned and heartbreaking third book of poems.”
—Edward Hirsch

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