“This is a book of poetry that desperately wanted to be an audiobook read by Xe Sands. I've listened to several poems over and over, trying to parse the brilliance of Paige Lewis' layered images, fitting characters and places that ought to not coalesce, but somehow, caustically and profoundly, they do. Perfect for readers of Tracy K. Smith.”Kim, Lark & Owl
“Tremulous with star-pulsed stanzas as patiently alchemical as they are spontaneously acrobatic. . . [Lewis is] one of the most delightful, bewitching, and thoughtful voices I have ever encountered.”Benjamin, Harvard Book Store
Consider this glowing debut from Paige Lewis a menagerie of near-extinction. Space Struck explores the wonders and cruelties occurring within the realms of nature, science, and religion, with the acuity of a sage, the deftness of a hunter, and a hilarious sensibility for the absurd. The universe is seen as an endless arrow “. . . and it asks only one question: How dare you?”
The poems are physically and psychologically tied to the animal world, replete with ivory-billed woodpeckers, pelicans, and constellations-as-organisms. They are also devastatingly human, anchored in emotion and self-awareness, like art framed in a glass that also holds one’s reflection. Silky and gruesome, the poems of Space Struck pulse like starlight.
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