Cloud Atlas

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Purdue University Press


How can there be a book that maps these continents of clouds that drift apart, reshape their puzzle pieces, and coalesce into new geographies of air within one windblown hour?" Donald Platt delights in enticing his readers with unique thoughts and questions such as this in Cloud Atlas. Being his second published book of poetry, the collection comes alive with elegance and refinement. Poems from this collection originally appeared in publications including The New England Review, The Best American Poetry 2000, Paris Review, New Republic, and The Kenyon Review. "In [these] poems. . . daring and discipline meet in an encounter which is rare enough in contemporary poetry. Flowers, anger, memory and a meeting in traffic-all wayward fragments of life-are given coherence and power in these achieved poems. These are lyrics which pay a real attention to the experiences they come out of." -Eavan Boland