Star Tent: A Triptych
New poetry form Murfreesboro poet laureate, Aime Whittemore.
Star-Tent: A Triptych is a speculative poetry collection that asks, through rich lyricism and formal experimentation, how what lies beyond the earth can shape how we reside on this planet. Each section of the manuscript follows a different narrative; the narratives are thematically linked, each dealing with some element of engagement between humans and what lies beyond Earth. In the first section, a woman writes letters to the aliens who abducted her; in the second section, a space explorer, trapped in a black hole (thus an "Indestructible Observer") sends transmissions home; and, finally, the third section is a series of sestinas from an alien species' perspective detailing its encounter with the Voyager Golden Record. Through these intergalactic encounters, the poems examine what it means to be human, and what it means to contemplate one's own humanity through the lens of extreme otherness.