The Thomas Salto (Paperback)

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The Thomas Salto (Paperback)


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The ambitious and astonishing debut poetry collection by Timmy Straw, THE THOMAS SALTO forms its poetics in the shadow of the Soviet Union, the AIDS epidemic, US proxy wars, and the motion of a dangerous gymnastics move popularized during the Cold War--the "Thomas salto."

THE THOMAS SALTO takes its name from a difficult and dangerous move in gymnastics, a leaping triple flip popularized during the last years of the Cold War. Both in its Reagan-grained historicity, and in the human body that bears the leap's flight and risk, the Thomas salto is a kinetic figure for these poems' action in time and space. They shadow the AIDS epidemic, the war on drugs, the US proxy wars in Central America, Afghanistan, and the Middle East, the Soviet collapse--not as history but as the camouflage-pattern of "then" and "to come" which form the flickering and very real habitus of the present.

Timmy Straw's poems, essays, and translations appear in Yale Review, Jacket2, Paris Review, Annulet, Chicago Review, and elsewhere, and their work has been supported by a Fulbright research fellowship to Moscow, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, and a Postgraduate Visiting Writer Fellowship at the University of Iowa. A graduate student in Comp Lit at Penn, they are also working on translations of the contemporary Russian poet Grigori Dashevsky.
Product Details ISBN: 9780578358543
ISBN-10: 0578358549
Publisher: Fonograf Editions
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 105
Language: English