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Consider this glowing debut from Paige Lewis a menagerie of near-extinction. Space Struck explores the wonders and cruelties occurring within the realms of nature, science, and religion, with the acuity of a sage, the deftness of a hunter, and a hilarious sensibility for the absurd. The universe is seen as an endless arrow “. . . and it asks only one question: How dare you?”


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Consider this glowing debut from Paige Lewis a menagerie of near-extinction. Space Struck explores the wonders and cruelties occurring within the realms of nature, science, and religion, with the acuity of a sage, the deftness of a hunter, and a hilarious sensibility for the absurd. The universe is seen as an endless arrow “. . . and it asks only one question: How dare you?”

30 review for Space Struck

  1. 4 out of 5

    Basia

    If Space Struck is a house with so many rooms, every poem is a room lined with tender peculiarity. Plush and weird and curious. Earthly and superlunary. Space for the aching, space for the saints even when you least expect them, space to marvel, space to wonder. Space for all kinds of creatures, like and unlike you and me. Every poem is a room with a worthwhile view here. I'm so glad to have been invited inside.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dominic

    I was emotionally struck over and over (most often with satisfied smiles) by Paige Lewis’ debut collection of poetry. The voices of these poems are tender and cheeky and gloriously absurd, and I still keep finding places to hide in these poems. This is my way of saying there is a lot of room to make these poems what you want them to be, and for as many times as you want to come back to them. The speakers, sometimes over the course of a single poem, will remind me of myself at one turn I was emotionally struck over and over (most often with satisfied smiles) by Paige Lewis’ debut collection of poetry. The voices of these poems are tender and cheeky and gloriously absurd, and I still keep finding places to hide in these poems. This is my way of saying there is a lot of room to make these poems what you want them to be, and for as many times as you want to come back to them. The speakers, sometimes over the course of a single poem, will remind me of myself at one turn, my wife at another, and then hit a deeper version of myself I’m still understanding. It was fun tracing the motifs throughout the book (stars, saints, self-understanding, "my beloved”), and I love how they made me feel large and safe in my difference. Learning to live as a queer man in my early 40s has its challenges—some days I feel both closer to myself but farther from the world. But it’s more often poetry, like the generous, playful, amphibious speakers of Lewis’ poems that ground me in this larger human world, fill me with possibility, and make me happy to be weird/imaginative/wild/hopeful me and more connected to “my beloved." Favourite line: “Tell me, how do I steady my gaze / when everything I want is in motion?" Favorite poem: “When I Tell My Beloved I Miss the Sun, He Knows” (which is available at poets.org)

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Jordan

    I follow the author on Twitter and pre-ordered the book based on their announcement and a stellar review in Poetry magazine. After waiting for several weeks for it to be released and delivered, I was slightly concerned that I might be justifiably disappointed when the collection fell short of my much too lofty expectations. I shouldn’t have worried. This book is even better than I hoped it would be. Paige Lewis is a phenomenal talent and these poems are among the best I’ve read in a long time. I I follow the author on Twitter and pre-ordered the book based on their announcement and a stellar review in Poetry magazine. After waiting for several weeks for it to be released and delivered, I was slightly concerned that I might be justifiably disappointed when the collection fell short of my much too lofty expectations. I shouldn’t have worried. This book is even better than I hoped it would be. Paige Lewis is a phenomenal talent and these poems are among the best I’ve read in a long time. I wanted there to be twice as many as are included in this volume, as it was over long before I was ready to finish. I guess I’ll just have to start all over from the beginning. I’ve a suspicion it will be even more amazing the second time through.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barton Smock

    If, instead of a far creature, I imagine here an empty cage, then perhaps I’ve been blessed by revelation as originally intended, and tended to, in and by the baptismal poems of Paige Lewis as visible from their Space Struck, a work of thisness and anti-thatness. In a verse so propulsive that the forms therein dance in the before and after of being re-shadowed, Lewis makes of the beyond a proximity where privacy enters the pocket as a rescued oyster and emerges secretly as a smallness freed from If, instead of a far creature, I imagine here an empty cage, then perhaps I’ve been blessed by revelation as originally intended, and tended to, in and by the baptismal poems of Paige Lewis as visible from their Space Struck, a work of thisness and anti-thatness. In a verse so propulsive that the forms therein dance in the before and after of being re-shadowed, Lewis makes of the beyond a proximity where privacy enters the pocket as a rescued oyster and emerges secretly as a smallness freed from size. In places such as these, urgency need not be restless, awe need not outgrow its display, and we need not slow ourselves to be overtaken by beauty.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tim Heerdink

    "Each poem another journey into the pondering imagination of Paige Lewis, a wonderful crafter of images drawn from space into existence. They look up and find new worlds, new lives for us to experience. Somewhere in the black that surrounds this dimension lies an alternate reality. One filled with dreams that stare back at you if the timing and lighting is right." - Tim Heerdink, author of The Human Remains and Red Flag and Other Poems

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emily Polson

    It's so good it hurts ✨

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    so fucking good

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jerome Blanco

    Not sure that I've enjoyed a poetry collection more (and "enjoy" is almost certainly too weak a word). 6 stars if I could. This book is wonderful.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    3.5

  10. 5 out of 5

    André Habet

    "I admit I often tell you About the cruelties of others to stifle The growling in my own troubled core." (From 'Pavlov was the son of a priest')

  11. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

    Wow!!!! Wow! Beautiful! Stunning! Paige Lewis is truly one to keep an eye on.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Stephens

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alice Coyne

  15. 4 out of 5

    Clare Hagan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Connie

  17. 4 out of 5

    JR

  18. 4 out of 5

    Puck Hofman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anya

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Fenton

  23. 4 out of 5

    Will Howard

  24. 5 out of 5

    Baileigh Limestahl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

  26. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Parnin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heaven

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nour Hasan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura Kendall

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