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Map to the Stars

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Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka
  • Paperback $18.00

    Mar 28, 2017 | 128 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Mar 28, 2017 | 128 Pages

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“In this seismic and sonic new Matejka collection Richard Pryor is an Indiana sun god and a Black boy waits impatiently for the solar system to alight inside his mailbox. Rich and ekphrastic, this journey of boy-to-man ascendance cradles the might and memoir of motherships and other two-legged planets that lift our chins to starlight then break us in two.”
–Nikky Finney

“Fueled by powdered milk, boom box tracks and Star Trek reruns, A Map to the Stars charts a poetic bildungsroman as well as a redemptive journey through music searching for ‘a little city of gleaming/ gallantry.’ These are mouth-watering poems full of ‘tough-guy shufflebucks’ and motherships ‘gorgeous as comets,’ a ‘vernacular hubbub’ that hurtles through our ‘violently Technicolor heliosphere’—and beyond. For a rocket-powered poet like Adrian Matejka, where else to aim but the stars?”  
–Campbell McGrath

“Matejka’s fourth book is a coming-of-age collage set in Reagan-era Indianapolis, a series of intimate verbal snapshots of African American youth and family life. The speaker of these poems is caught between lonesome artifacts of the past . . . and hopeful, strange, and complicated glimpses of possible futures . . . Matejka swirls these seemingly disparate parts into a stunningly coherent vision of life in the 1980s, growing up poor and black and full of energy and longing.”
– Craig Morgan Teicher, npr.org

“In his stellar fourth collection, Matejka evokes an Indianapolis boyhood in which economic and educational privations starkly contrast with the inspiring expanses of outer space . . . Matejka’s witty tour de force achieves the rare feat of making a narrative centered in memory feel bracingly urgent and fresh.”
Publishers Weekly

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