The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan

David Allan Cates, award winning writer of five novels, plumbs the quiet and bizarre complexities of decades old love in this, his first collection of poetry In a startling voice meditative, playful, and erotic Cates uses memory and imagination to create indelible images of the body and desire, of separation and longing The speaker imagines the precarious predicament ofDavid Allan Cates, award winning writer of five novels, plumbs the quiet and bizarre complexities of decades old love in this, his first collection of poetry In a startling voice meditative, playful, and erotic Cates uses memory and imagination to create indelible images of the body and desire, of separation and longing The speaker imagines the precarious predicament of young French lovers sitting on bench in Mexico, chronicles his great aunt Edna s parade of lovers, or conjures an ancient people as they talked to the sky or the earth or invisible animals, chewed coca and staked hairless enemies to the ground yet sometimes they loved did I mention that Like we do Located between the exotic and the domestic, between the lived and imagined, these nineteen poems, some of which appeared previously in The Sun and Transmission, among other publications, describe the off balance and dangerous dance of lovers In a world in which we know sometimes it s the same Great Notion that hoists magnificent stones and builds a great pyramid as destroys a city and makes ashes of children these poems sweetly lack cynicism for enduring love In one, the speaker anticipates reuniting with his wife after her sojourn at a monastery And in another, a rootless couple can imagine, if only for a moment, how the volcanoes across the water might bind the bay, and give them a chance to begin again.Because of and despite a world in which bombs fall and luck turns bad, the speaker in these poems struggles to situate himself in a pond, on the ledge of a cliff, or through his own re invention of the world Sparks fall and I seek shelter where I can naked on the wing, a hero in wet socks but I m flattering myself again It s raining stars, love, I ll say, and maybe you ll hear me Maybe I ll feel you near.
The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan David Allan Cates award winning writer of five novels plumbs the quiet and bizarre complexities of decades old love in this his first collection of poetry In a startling voice meditative playful

  • Title: The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan
  • Author: David Allan Cates
  • ISBN: 9781310402951
  • Page: 453
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    About the Author

    David Allan Cates

    David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, a chapbook of poetry, and numerous short stories and poems published in literary magazines His travel writing has appeared in the New York Times Sophisticated Traveler and Outside, among other magazines He was the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid and lead many dozens of groups of medical professionals on trips to Honduras, where he worked in rural communities and hospitals as an interpreter He s also a parttime faculty at Pacific Lutheran University s Rainier Writing Workshop, a low residency MFA program.

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    • Bob Wake said:
      Sep 24, 2018 - 22:52 PM

      David Allan Cates, the author of five novels (most recently the award-winning Tom Connor’s Gift), has not until now published a collection of his poetry. The assured voice that emerges from the nineteen poems in The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan shares a sensibility that admirers of his fiction will recognize: politically engaged, erotically charged, and remarkably fluid in shifting between closely observed naturalism (especially of Central America, where Cates does medical aid work) and d [...]

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