Cover for Cloud vs. Cloud
  • Series: New Series 52
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-934103-38-8
  • ISBN-10: 1-934103-38-1
  • Pages: 128
  • Size: 7.0 × 9.5 × .325 in
  • Price: $20

Cloud vs. Cloud

Ethan Paquin

Ethan Paquin writes “Language is notorious.” In Cloud vs. Cloud, language is as lush and textured as the mountains and oceans that are his subjects, and familiar natural landmarks are representational of memory so that mind and body become layers in this vast loam. Both political and emotional, with one foot planted firmly in the pastoral tradition and one testing the waters of a neo neo-Romanticism, this book’s speaker leads us on a trail of memories where past, future, and present self-hood are conflated beyond recognition. Only through knowledge of the rough earth will he come to know the self: “carry me like a reed-basket of water over the pinions of landscapes / blasted by heat and then i will know where i belong.”

 

“Paquin’s insatiability, for language on all of its registers, and his commitment to encyclopedic specificity, also stand out. The onslaught becomes hypnotic, and I tend to like that. I’ll conduct a little experiment, turn to ten random pages: ‘parlance’ (49), ‘traicere’ (7), ‘jib’ (20), ‘catalpas’ (39), ‘douaire’ (44), ‘unwowed’ (58), ‘frocks’ (29), ‘blippers’ (60), ‘spinets’ (88), ‘widowatch agonizery’ (108). See? Now imagine 113 pages of this word wizardry.” —Andrea K. Francis in The Volta Picks

Chapter

 

Tarpaulin I call my home this stormy world.

Windswept tarn on the high ridge my ocean

always gray no landfall in sight earth’s dropped

off. How do we rebuild—before rains arrive,

after starry romance is clouded over. Stray

hair, eight aeons ago you held onto me. My

shoulder. I saved you in a secret box, if only

to remember I need forget you at all costs.

 

 

Copyright © 2013 Ethan Paquin

“Paquin’s insatiability, for language on all of its registers, and his commitment to encyclopedic specificity, also stand out. The onslaught becomes hypnotic, and I tend to like that. I’ll conduct a little experiment, turn to ten random pages: ‘parlance’ (49), ‘traicere’ (7), ‘jib’ (20), ‘catalpas’ (39), ‘douaire’ (44), ‘unwowed’ (58), ‘frocks’ (29), ‘blippers’ (60), ‘spinets’ (88), ‘widowatch agonizery’ (108). See? Now imagine 113 pages of this word wizardry.” —Andrea K. Francis in The Volta Picks

Ethan Paquin graduated from Plymouth State College with a BA in English-Writing, and received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is the author of four other books of poems: My Thieves, Salt 2007; The Violence, Ahsahta Press 2005; Accumulus, Salt 2003; and The Makeshift, Stride Books 2002. These have been reviewed in publications including The London Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Poetry Review (London), New Review of Literature, and PN Review (London). His creative writing and criticism/commentary have appeared in publications including The Colorado Review, The Boston Review, New American Writing, Quarterly West, Verse, Esquire.com, The Wall Street Journal, Canadian Review of Books, and Meanjin (Australia). Paquin is the founding editor of the longstanding online literary journal Slope (www.slope.org), and is co-founder and director of the nonprofit small poetry press, Slope Editions. He lives and teaches in his native New Hampshire.