Cracks in the Invisible : Poems, Paperback / softback Book

Cracks in the Invisible : Poems Paperback / softback


Winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry PrizeFlorida Book Awards Gold Medal WinnerStephen Kampa's poems are witty and restless in their pursuit of an intelligent modern faith.

They range from a four-line satire of office inspirational posters to a lengthy meditation on the silence of God.

The poems also revel in the prosodic possibilities of English's high and low registers: a twenty-one line homage to Lord Byron that turns on three rhymes (one of which is "eisegesis"); a sestina whose end words include "sentimental," "Marseilles," and "Martian;" sapphics on the death of Ray Charles; and intricately modulated stanzas on the 1931 Spanish-language movie version of Dracula. Despite the metaphysical seriousness, there is always an undercurrent of stylistic levity - a panoply of puns, comic rhymes, and loving misquotations of canonical literature - that suggests comedy and tragedy are inextricably bound in human experience.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780821419526

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