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 spaceA 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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Map to the Stars Reviews
Adrian Matejka’s Map to the Stars could share a tagline with the state of Kansas: ad astra per aspera, to the stars through difficulty. The dazzling poetry collection, Matejka’s fourth, finds a young black boy, first in urban Indianapolis and then in an unnamed suburb, longing to escape his difficult circumstances into the cosmos. That longed-for but never-arriving escape always takes many celestial forms, from Parliament/Funkadelic’s Mothership to America’s first black astronaut Guion Bluford, from Sun Ra to Star Trek reruns, from records that orbit like planets to simply looking up through a basketball hoop at the stars. I would’ve loved any book featuring poems about Prince and poems about Space Shuttles, but this one was way better than I expected. It’s a thoughtful, funny, and energetic exploration of what space means to the imagination of those who will never reach it. Map to the Stars is one of the best poetry collections I’ve read in recent memory. Recommended by Danny
This book is a profound lesson in motif. Significant historical figures emerge throughout the text, as does the theme of poverty. Poverty is juxtaposed with the constant looking up and out toward celestial possibilities. Essential reading for understanding real historical and emotional context of America. Also: this text is music. It demands to be read aloud, the sounds genuinely taken in-- and heard.
Favorite poems - Mail-Order Planets, Those Minor Regrets, Map to the Stars, and Sounds of Earth - Sounds in Sequential Order .
This is complex. But really really really good. Let out a few audible gasps over some lines. See for yourself.
I posted my review on American Microreviews & Interviews. This guy is a super poet.
Rating: 3 1/2A lot of poetry about growing up in Indianapolis and then a suburb, poor and then middle-class, black or half-black, basketball, space: Voyager 2, Guion Bluford, wanting to be an astronaut, stars, etc. References to Richard Pryor, Jean Michel Basquiat, Sun Ra, EPMD, and the Vietnam War. He uses a lot of similes, but they're interesting ones. I didn't get much from the first 20 pages or so. There was another dry spell of about 40 pages that started around the middle. It's a decent read though. Favorites:"Beat Boxing""Boxing Out""Welcome Back to Earth""Trumpets Up in Here" - after a Basquiat painting - Miles Davis... There are six different colors of black in calligraphy, but the only black northof 56th Street is us.... - "New Developments"My story is not part of history.Because history repeats itself.- "Antique Blacks" (quoting Sun Ra)