The Sleeve Waves by Angela SorbyThe Sleeve Waves by Angela Sorby

The Sleeve Waves

byAngela Sorby

Paperback | March 28, 2014

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Winner of the 2014 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye
Inspired by thrift store knit sleeves, punk rock record sleeves, and, of course, print book sleeves, Angela Sorby explores how the concrete world hails us in waves of color and sound. She asks implicitly, “What makes the sleeve wave? Is it the body or some force larger than the self?” As Sorby’s tough, ironic, and subtly political voice repeatedly insists, we apprehend, use, and release more energy than we can possibly control. This collection includes two main parts—one visual, one aural—flanking a central pastoral poem sung by Virgilian sheep. Meant to be read both silently and aloud, the poems in The Sleeve Waves meditate on how almost everything—like light and sound—comes to us in waves that break and vanish and yet continue.

Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award, Wisconsin Library Association

Honorable Mention, Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award, Council of Wisconsin Writers

About The Author

Angela Sorby is an associate professor of English at Marquette University. She is the author of three books: Distance Learning: Poems; Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry; and Bird Skin Coat, winner of the 2009 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.
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Title:The Sleeve WavesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:March 28, 2014Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299299643

ISBN - 13:9780299299644

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Table of Contents

Paradise, Wisconsin
A Is for Air
Notes from a Northern State
A Walk across the Ice
The Thorne Rooms
Just Looking
Watson and the Shark
The Schoolteachers
Fall Forward, Spring Back
Sacred Grove
Sofia’s Stove
The Second Daguerreotype
The Suburban Mysteries
The Sleeve Waves
Night Vision
What Might Happen Might Not
Hard Bop
The Knit
Kochanski’s, Saturday Night
Stopping at the Joyce Kilmer Rest Area on a Snowy Evening
The Disappearances
Trance Music
Golden Spike
Close Shave
The Ghost of Meter
Wide Boulevard, Tiny Apartment
Boom Town
Blood Relative
Letter to Hugo from the Land of the Living
End of the Century
Double Neighbor
The Obstruction
Duct Tape 

Editorial Reviews

“Has anyone written a funnier, more terrifying poem about Sylvia Plath than ‘Epistle’? Or caught the delicate complexities among generations better than ‘A Walk on the Ice’? From Seattle to Wisconsin to Hunan, these poems register the inscape and soundscape of a mind both ferocious and generous.”—Maureen McLane