What the sky lacks / poems by Thom Caraway
- Caraway, Thomas Edward, 1973-
- Spokane, WA : Korrektiv Press, 
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- 74 pages ; 22 cm
- Eastbound on the Empire builder -- When Richard Dreyfuss said, "This is important," he meant it -- An unfinished sky -- A good season ends -- At the Parkman bar -- The dream of the wrecker -- Sudden light at the Crazy Woman Saloon -- How to hunt badly -- Field dressing -- Naming the spiders -- A visitor's guide to North Dakota -- Certain knowledge -- Language acquisition -- North Dakota -- Solitude like the moon's -- Then snow -- Closing the Blue Spark -- What the sky lacks -- Where the trees begin, where the trees end -- The wrecker sees snow and thinks of home -- Grandma Weatherby, come to speak her mind -- December 1, 20 (degrees), low skies, chance of flurries -- Failure of imagination -- The last remaining light -- What was once comfort -- A siege of cranes -- End/beginning -- The wrecker seeks guidance in an unplowed field -- A poem for Lisa -- When I could and then couldn't and then the moon -- Under sheltering trees, my daughter and I consider the coming storm -- Hunting the Mitchell property -- Unexpected ascendance in Williston, North Dakota -- On the westbound train -- The names of things we've lost -- What the sky lacks -- Once more, the Red River -- On rivers and not dying -- The roadside nothing vendor -- Last wild -- Ruining winter -- The shepherd anticipates the solstice -- Bridge -- The man in the blue horse -- A love poem after three years in North Dakota -- Driving west through thunderstorms -- A litany of scars -- The wrecker finds a young hawk fallen from the nest -- You'll never be here again -- The nothing vendor dream of a garden -- Smoking a cigarette on a balcony in Almira, Washington -- Advanced practices in weed removal -- Hard wind, end of the block -- What the sky lacks -- The nothing vendor reflects on the state of the West Central Economy -- The shepherd trips over a section of broken sidewalk -- Sam decides the fate of the universe -- This is the stuff I am selling -- Having once lived in North Dakota.
- "What the Sky Lacks explores the negative capability of uncertainties and mysteries in a landscape of ruthless severity and elusive beauty, "a world built of unknown language." While witnessing the stark refuge of cottonwood shelterbelts on a field's ragged periphery, listening to the tender weight of empty freight cars rolling through the night, or recounting the dream of a wrecker wherein human warmth exists only in the transient sounds of strangers, a soul transforms into "an instrument of pure light, a circular machine of illumination." The spiritual discipline of recognizing beauty in a world of desolation emerges sheer, unadorned as the rugged territories in the northern badlands obliterated by merciless blizzards, unburnished yet dazzlingly beatific in wintry ruminations of a faith weathered out of wreckage." -- Amazon.com
- 9780983151357 and 0983151350
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