Map To The Stars

Paperback | March 28, 2017

byAdrian Matejka

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A resonant new collection of poetry from Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke, a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award 

Map to the Stars, the fourth poetry collection from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian Matejka, navigates the tensions between race, geography, and poverty in America during the Reagan Era. In the time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense Initiative, outer space is the only place equality seems possible, even as the stars serve to both guide and obscure the earthly complexities of masculinity and migration. In Matejka's poems, hope is the link between the convoluted realities of being poor and the inspiring possibilities of transcendence and escape—whether it comes from Star Trek, the dream of being one of the first black astronauts, or Sun Ra's cosmic jazz.

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A resonant new collection of poetry from Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke, a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Map to the Stars, the fourth poetry collection from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adrian Matejka, navigates the tensions between race, geography, and poverty in America during...

Adrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry: The Devil's Garden (2002), Mixology (2009), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series competition, and The Big Smoke (2013), which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Matejka is the recipient of fello...

other books by Adrian Matejka

Mixology
Mixology

Paperback|May 26 2009

$19.98 online$20.00list price
The Big Smoke
The Big Smoke

Kobo ebook|May 28 2013

$15.99

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 0.34 inPublished:March 28, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143130579

ISBN - 13:9780143130574

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“In this seismic and sonic new Matejka collection Richard Pryor is an Indiana sun god and a Black boy waits impatiently for the solar system to alight inside his mailbox. Rich and ekphrastic, this journey of boy-to-man ascendance cradles the might and memoir of motherships and other two-legged planets that lift our chins to starlight then break us in two.” --Nikky Finney “Fueled by powdered milk, boom box tracks and Star Trek reruns, A Map to the Stars charts a poetic bildungsroman as well as a redemptive journey through music searching for ‘a little city of gleaming/ gallantry.’ These are mouth-watering poems full of ‘tough-guy shufflebucks’ and motherships ‘gorgeous as comets,’ a ‘vernacular hubbub’ that hurtles through our ‘violently Technicolor heliosphere’—and beyond. For a rocket-powered poet like Adrian Matejka, where else to aim but the stars?”  --Campbell McGrath