Extravagant Rescues

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Publication Date
August 2019
Page Count
112 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Extravagant Rescues

Brett Foster; foreword by Jeffrey Galbraith

How far from our imperfect human selves have we traveled? How shall we recover what is left, live within our man-made technologies built to be more powerful than us, and still keep a sense of humor? Extravagant Rescues, a sublime collection of poetry, lays bare the human and poetic brilliance of a man immersed in capturing human beings’ mortal splendor and frailty within their own technology and flaws.

The poems ask questions with hymnlike couplets, in a language of the gospel of empathy. We are allowed to rethink our choices, question and be wary of our machinery, and, in the end, with metaphors that channel feelings of loss, humor, and compassion, we are reminded “to come, and dream, with eyes wide open / and set within the vessels of our waking selves, / of ever more intricate schemes, extravagant rescues.”
About the Author

BRETT FOSTER (1973–2015) was an associate professor of English at Wheaton College. A past Wallace Stegner and Elizabethan Club fellow, his poetry and criticism has appeared in Raritan, the Kenyon Review, Best New Poets 2007, and Books & Culture, among other publications. His book The Garbage Eater was published by Northwestern University Press in 2011.

JEFFREY GALBRAITH teaches English literature and creative writing at Wheaton College. His scholarly work has appeared in the journal Restoration and the edited collection Invoking Slavery in the Eighteenth-Century British Imagination. His poems and reviews have appeared in Cresset, Yemassee, RHINO, Southern Humanities Review, the Florida Review, and Harvard Review.

"In his poem 'For a Young Software Designer, Who Never Sleeps' Brett Foster imagines a 'modest vision of some mastery to come.' Modesty and mastery combine in Extravagant Rescues to remarkable, moving effect. Foster turns his formally inventive, deeply humane wit to a dazzling array of subjects, from Augustine and the Odyssey to George Clooney, iPods, and 'Avery DaVinci,' the poet's doodling daughter. From 'behind the wheel at the corner of Providence/and Stadium,' Foster negotiates intimacy, mortality, historical disaster, hypothetical futures, and irreplaceable presents with humor and grace. This is a poetic voice to be cherished." —Clare Cavanagh, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics