Poetry. Martha Silano's latest collection takes celestial flight. GRAVITY ASSIST, the newest collection by Martha Silano, masterfully measures the heights and depths of our earthly visions. Cerebral yet meditative, capacious yet focused, this book soars with investigations and ruminations, love letters, origin stories, and notes on gravitational forces both literal and metaphorical. Through her usual nimble style, Silano deftly weaves the humanistic and the cosmic, delivering a series of up-close and personal examinations of phenomena as far flung as copepods, nebula, trilobites, preening cormorants, or, "Reaching out to soothe you, / the twisted arms of the last of three species of endemic / sea stars ripping themselves apart, arms crawling away in opposite directions, insides spilling out."
Martha Silano is the author of GRAVITY ASSIST (Saturnalia Books, 2019), RECKLESS LOVELY (Saturnalia Books, 2014), and three previous collections including the winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize selected by Campbell McGrath, THE LITTLE OFFICE OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (Saturnalia Books, 2010), Blue Positive (Steel the Books, 2006), and What the Truth Tastes Like (Nightshade, 1999). Her poems have appeared in over a dozen anthologies and The Best American Poetry 2009.Author City: ARDMORE, PA USA