Poetry. THE DISTANT SOUND is a prismatic meditation upon what it means to be human, especially when the body and mind seek their own paths to heaven. The poems employ a long Whitmanian breath, are often narrative, but with mysterious syntax, whose goal is to bypass reason and activate the heart. Various themes are woven through first and third person accounts of the land, the divine, the dynamics between men and women...of humanity's limits versus our imagination, and of poetry itself.
Eliot Schain is the author of Westering Angels and American Romance and has published in American Poetry Review and Ploughshares, and in anthologies including Bear Flag Republic and The Place That Inhabits Us. He has run readings series in Hoboken, NJ; Benicia, CA; and at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA. He has also worked as a teacher and psychotherapist and currently lives in Berkeley with his wife, Mary.Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA