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Twelve Clocks
By Julie Sophia Paegle
104 pp. / 7.00 x 7.00 / 2015
Paper (978-0-8165-3136-3)
  - Camino del Sol

Related Interest
  - Poetry
  - Latina and Latino Studies

From the fall of Troy recorded at the beginning of Western poetry to the ongoing mass extinction of species, Twelve Clocks meditates on the temporality of loss across the many scales of our experience
By invoking Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, at the opening of her second volume of poems, Julie Sophia Paegle states an ambitious promise, and then proceeds to deliver, quite effortlessly, a masterwork. Twelve Clocks travels through the timelines of myth and history, allowing us to recognize the arresting patterns of humanity's vulnerability and its startling resilience to loss, change, and tragedy—hard-won evidence that the body's science is its impulse to keep light and memory burning. This book is ablaze with wonder.

—Rigoberto González, author of Red-Inked Retablos

I want the mind behind the poems in Twelve Clocks to write my love letters, laundry lists, letters to the editor, and prayers. Give me the world as interpreted by Julie Sophia Paegle: the highs and lows of it, the beautiful lines, precise edges, and incendiary smarts. These poems catch the reader in the mind's deepest vision. They are monuments of intelligence.

—Corinna Vallianatos, author of My Escapee

Alluring cities, tragic heroes, time in its many disguises, and so much more occupy Paegle's imagination in Twelve Clocks, her brilliant second book, displaying her lyrical intensity, her keen insights, and the depth of her feelings, all made vivid poem after poem.

—Juan Delgado, author of Vital Signs

Twelve Clocks is a kind of hybrid meditation on family, ancestry, distance, landscape, and of course time. The collection is ripe with risk-taking and hybridized form that dips in between the lyric, what one may call an experimental poetics and elements of creative non-fiction. It is deeply engaging, fresh, and fissured in the way all global diasporic narratives should be.

—Matthew Shenoda, author of Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone

and knowledge. Framed by central images of beginnings and ends, this collection searches six cities and intervals of time for the measures of loss, labor, and care. Through formal innovations derived from the second, the minute, the hour, etc., and the methods of their measure, these poems move from the stark violence of Homer's tale to the terrible precision and power of the atomic age.

As the reader is transported from Las Vegas to Argentina to the landscapes of Ancient Greek epic poetry, Twelve Clocks explores the connections between song, ancestry, family, loss, and time. If the imagery of the collection hints Troy might be an image of the wrecked Argentine economy under neoliberal economics, the poems eschew the abstractions of politics in favor of a vivid and sensuous lyricism.

The interconnectivity of the poems in Twelve Clocks is mirrored by different elements' transcendence throughout the collection. The clock that goes missing in one poem turns up in another, characters vanish and reappear, matter destroyed in one poem reoccurs as energy in another, and then matter and energy both go missing. Taken together, the poems confront the literary legacy of Western poetic tradition and our shared future.

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