So Tall It Ends in Heaven

Poems

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Pub Date 20 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2022

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“A hard-won, triumphant debut.”—Carl Phillips, author of Then the War

With lush and deeply intimate language, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection So Tall It Ends in Heaven explores sexuality, estrangement, and the distances we travel for love. Following the end of a marriage, the book’s queer southern speaker tries to restore a relationship with his father. His father lives across an ocean, but more keeps them apart than just that: the father rejected his son long ago after learning that his son is gay.

The poems search for answers across the United States and Europe, in and out of historical imagination, as the speaker struggles to separate his understanding of devotion and belonging from the constant losses in his life. Drawing from—and subverting—the formal traditions of love poems, parables, and elegies, the collection claims a vital space for one's own solace. “Nobody will love you / like this poem does,” the speaker says; “Tell this poem / what you want. // Anything.”

In turns that are ruminative, funny, and tender, So Tall It Ends in Heaven questions what and whom one lets go of by coming out—can love, in all its complexities, ever be uncoupled from grief?

About the Author: Jayme Ringleb is a queer writer raised in the southern United States and northern Italy. Jayme's poems have appeared recently in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Ploughshares. An assistant professor of English at Meredith College, Jayme lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“A hard-won, triumphant debut.”—Carl Phillips, author of Then the War

With lush and deeply intimate language, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection So Tall It Ends in Heaven explores sexuality...


Advance Praise

"Countless very good first books of poetry enter the world each year, but only a fraction of a fraction are as mature, assured, or ambitiously realized as Jayme Ringleb’s So Tall It Ends in Heaven. A peacock wails, the devil taps at the window, and young boys anoint each other in charcoal. Ringleb possesses that rarest triumvirate fluency of ear, heart, and mind that you find in the great poets of any era, any place—one poem here ends, 'We sleep / in a snarl, like lovers found in snow.' Another, 'It’s almost a heaven, / neglecting you.' It’s thrilling to discover a book you know you’ll revisit for the rest of your life. These poems are better than good—they’re undeniable." - Kaveh Akbar, author of Pilgrim Bell

"Jayme Ringleb is a master of the recursive, of writing that perfects the art of reach and return. These hushed and impeccable poems venture out, toward the figure of the father, toward the figure of the lover, toward the figure of the wayward man. And then they come back, bearing haunting revelations and a beauty that cuts deep. So Tall It Ends in Heaven is a tremendous book." - Natalie Shapero, author of Popular Longing

"In his brilliant poetry debut, So Tall It Ends in Heaven, Jayme Ringleb flawlessly renders both the macro and the micro wonders of the universe. He shows us the glory of galaxies seen through a Walmart telescope and the magic of fungus gnats appearing as if from thin air. Some poems in this collection read like parables, others, like prayers, and each one urges us to recognize the importance of mindful solitude and the healing that comes from letting go." - Paige Lewis, author of Space Struck

"Countless very good first books of poetry enter the world each year, but only a fraction of a fraction are as mature, assured, or ambitiously realized as Jayme Ringleb’s So Tall It Ends in Heaven. A...


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