Invisible Sea

By Kevin Bushell

Invisible Sea
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Joseph Campbell: "The airplane has replaced the bird in the imagination as the symbol of the release of spirit from the bonds of earth. " Hence, Invisible Sea. Part critique, part celebration of technology, these poems explore the symbolic and mythical associations of the historical ... Read more


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Joseph Campbell: "The airplane has replaced the bird in the imagination as the symbol of the release of spirit from the bonds of earth. " Hence, Invisible Sea. Part critique, part celebration of technology, these poems explore the symbolic and mythical associations of the historical moment when human beings took flight and, in a sense, became Godlike. The opening section is in the voice of Wilbur Wright as he unlocks the mysteries of human flight and, consequently, pays a heavy price. The next section examines the stories of other early aeronauts, both legendary and real, from Daedalus to John Glenn, orbiting the earth. The title poem of the collection, a serial poem, scans the major discoveries of aeronautics, beginning with Da Vinci's study of fluids and ending with trans-sonic flight.

Kevin Bushell

Kevin Bushell's poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, and Exile, among other journals. His poem "The Life of Alberto Santos-Dumont: A Tragedy in Two Acts" was published in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011, edited by Priscila Uppal. He teaches at Vanier College in Montreal and lives in Pointe-Claire, Quebec..

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