On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space Flight by Karen Yelena OlsenOn the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space Flight by Karen Yelena Olsen

On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space Flight

EditorKaren Yelena Olsen

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From Kitty Hawk to the jumbo jet and from the lunar landing to interstellar probes, American poets in On the Wing explore the phenomena of aviation and space flight. Edited by Karen Yelena Olsen, this balanced yet buoyant anthology collects 116 poems. The six thematic sections celebrate past achievements and the sensuous joys of flying ("Impulse of Delight"), revel in the vistas opening to the airborne traveler ("Worlds Above, Below, Within"), ponder the impact of air travel on everyday life ("Airplane Visions, Airport Truths"), outline the sinister role of the airplane in war ("Angle of Attack"), lament the shadow of airborne tragedy ("Icarus Falling"), and explore the mythic dimensions of space flight ("Space Odysseys"). Olsen's introduction traces the prehistory of flight literature from the Bible to the 19th century and sketches the evolution of 20th-century response, from initial exuberance to a more nuanced and probing examination of aviation and aerospace as they affect our lives. The book includes a short history of flight in the U.S. The product of a lifetime's passion for both flight and poetry, this collection will deeply interest those who have never been on a plane--and delight those who have.

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Karen Olsen is a writer and teacher of literature and mythology. An instrument-rated pilot, she has also logged many hours as a passenger, with her airline-pilot husband flying a 747. She lives in a Greek village where she tends olives and vines, writes poetry, and teaches online classes for the University of Maryland European Division...
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Title:On the Wing: American Poems of Air and Space FlightFormat:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Iowa PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0877459452

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"On the Wing is a superb collection of poems that capture the excitement, fear, drama, mundaneness, joy, horror, thrill, and power of flight throughout the 20th century from the Wright brothers to the space station. Eloquent in stripping bare the essence of the human experience of leaving our Earth to soar in the atmosphere and beyond, Olsen's collection of aerospace poetry is a delightful balm to the human spirit, evoking adventure, discovery, tragedy, and accomplishment."--Roger Launius, chair, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum