Solar Maximum (2015)

Published by Futurepoem Books based in New York city.

Read excerpts at the Poetry Foundation:

from “What the Heart Longs for When it Only Knows Heat” 

from “Solar Maximum” excerpt 1

from “Solar Maximum” excerpt 2

Review by Janice Lee for Electric Literature

Review by John Rufo for Ploughshares

Review by Kristina Marie Darling for Poetry International

Review by Peter Tieryas for Entropy

Review by Sara Jane Stoner for The Poetry Project

I wrote this book when I was filled with a great sense of turbulence and concern about our collective human future. I started to wonder what humanity might become–the spiritual essence of our humanity–in the wake of a massive disaster.

I had also begun a daily sky-watching practice…of simply and quietly observing the sky for a few silent minutes each day. I was touched by the way the sky was so transformative each instant, and how all terrestrial life makes its way under this vast aerial canopy.

I began to write these poems trying to trace–to speculate upon–this future spiritual phenomenon. I wanted to inhabit it as fully as I could from within my own consciousness, and poetry seemed the best mode for trying to do so. I envisioned a calamity we couldn’t escape–the dying sun. And I wondered about what strange, monstrous light it might cast in its final months and days. Many creatures experience a sudden bloom or intensity just before they die. I feel the sun would be no different at its end. But what would that mean for us, the intimate receivers of this light?

If you also feel full of a strange impending calamity, if you desire to let loose within yourself an otherwise of light, than I would love to share my words with you. To inhabit and imagine the space after together–even if only in a dream space.