SEROnline: New Poetry from Adrian Matejka
We are delighted to present an SEROnline exclusive, “Sounds in Sequential Order (Edit),” a long poem at the center of Matejka’s latest collection, Map to the Stars (Penguin). For more information and to preorder the collection, visit Adrian online at adrianmatejka.com.
Music of the Spheres
Frequencies get lean out here, echoing like abandoned ghosts
rattling the forgotten umbrellas & coatless hangers in the front
hall closet. Everyone just ghosted the minute the summonses
came & the exodus sounded like the stars Jansky didn’t mean
to record while he tried to fix the telephone lines. This part
of the sphere doesn’t have working phones, so where do we go
next? To the rooms of vacant advice & gilded paintings where
the have-it-alls live? To their quadrophonic systems & wood-
cheeked speakers? A golden record in a pulsar map & binary
arithmetic plays at 16 2/3 RPM as the record changer stacks
requests for traveling music. One LP settling on top of another
LP, a platter of orbits for the rest of the intergalactic Voyagers.
Volume 35.1 has arrived!
Book reviews for Jürgen Becker’s Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems, Athena Farrokhad’s White Blight, Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, Phillip B. Williams’ Thief in the Interior, Oliver Bendorf’s The Spectral Wilderness, Camille Rankine’s Incorrect Merciful Impulses, and Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead.
Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya
Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, was named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC News, and was listed as a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016” by Entropy Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, an excerpt from which was awarded the 2015 Peter Straub Award for Fiction.
Read Piyali Bhattacharya’s interview with SER Fiction Editor, Misha Rai here.