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Lost Transmissions
Lost Transmissions
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  • Paperback
  • Sep.03.2012
  • 9780985849511

David gives an overview of the book:

"In his sixth book of poems, Lost Transmissions (Serving House Books, Sept. 2012), David Memmott speaks to the need we have to explore the depths of our own psyches, a need so insistent that many of us would sell our souls to unearth the answers to what motivates our lives--what motivates our actions. The poems express as well the power of verse, how it can help us rise above those experiences that might otherwise be crippling--war, death, brutality, loss of love, loss of voice and creativity, the soul's variable value, the insecure body and mind never knowing where the doors to understanding are, now how many dimensions surround us unexplored." - Duff Brenna, author of Too Cool and Murdering the Mom: A Memoir "In his new collection, Lost Transmissions, David Memmott does as he has done over the last 40 years; he leads us from 'the edge of the American Dream'...
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"In his sixth book of poems, Lost Transmissions (Serving House Books, Sept. 2012), David Memmott speaks to the need we have to explore the depths of our own psyches, a need so insistent that many of us would sell our souls to unearth the answers to what motivates our lives--what motivates our actions. The poems express as well the power of verse, how it can help us rise above those experiences that might otherwise be crippling--war, death, brutality, loss of love, loss of voice and creativity, the soul's variable value, the insecure body and mind never knowing where the doors to understanding are, now how many dimensions surround us unexplored." - Duff Brenna, author of Too Cool and Murdering the Mom: A Memoir

"In his new collection, Lost Transmissions, David Memmott does as he has done over the last 40 years; he leads us from 'the edge of the American Dream' and all its contradictions, 'to the center of the world,' where generosity awaits our arrival. There's often an austerity of resources out there at the margin, but moving steadfastly toward the core of what wants to go on living, David Memmott uncovers the 'dignity of survival' in lives lost to history or otherwise ignored." -David Axelrod, author of What Next, Old Knife?

  

 

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FULCRUM POINT

We’re only human, we say,

the spirit’s weaker than the flesh

We are marred by imperfection

random thoughts block the light

undisciplined feelings block the thoughts

our bodies weaken our minds

our minds weaken our bodies

Yet when you think of the "I" of the astronomer

behind the eye of the Hubble telescope

looking back into time

across thirty orders of magnitude

perceptions aided by instrumental intelligences

to name and define quarks and quasars

moving the mind from the infinitesimal

to cosmic immensities

a miracle unfolds from where we stand

this very moment gazing

both inward and outward

simultaneously

Are we not the fulcrum point

of a zone of complexity

perfectly pitched on

the scales of time and space

where the universe is

awakening in

the blink of an eye?

 

 

 

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Half the poems in this 104 page new collection were written in March/April 2012 while on a four-week residency at Playa Institute at Summer Lake, Oregon. If you're looking for a great four-week residency check it out: www.playasummerlake.org

About David

David Memmott has published six books of poetry, a novel and a story collection. His newest book of poems is Lost Transmissions (Serving House Books, 2012). He recently completed his second novel, Canned Tuna and has begun the long journey towards...

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