A Field Guide to the Heavens
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A Field Guide to the Heavens

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Frank X. Gaspar’s collection of poems is haunted by the presence of mystics and visionaries: Mohammed, Buddha, St. Paul, Augustine, George Herbert, Emily Dickinson, Blake, Milton, Rilke. A Field Guide to the Heavens is punctuated with designs of science, the wondering and rapt observations of the sky made at the eyepiece of a backyard telescope. We come to know Gaspar’s ci...more
Hardcover, 100 pages
Published September 2nd 1999 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published September 1st 1999)
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martha
The first poem of Gaspar's I read was the fantastic you can't be a star in the sky without holy fire. Unfortunately there were none in this book I loved *quite* as much, but it still had some lines I liked enough to write down, particularly in his poems about summer mania.
Danielle
Not unlike Larry Levis, Gaspar writes poetry that leaps gracefully from one subject matter to the next, using swirling syntax and a wry, self-referential tone.
Sarah
This is an excellent collection--definitely going to buy a copy for the house.
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