This vibrant collection of poems explores the intricate connections between body and soul, between the heart and the world that steadily calls to it. In language that frequently transgresses and sometimes transcends the standards of diction and syntax, Sidney Wade celebrates the language's pleasures and its essential relation to the sensual and spiritual dimensions of an introspective and generally genial sensibility. Handling some of the most venerable of poetic subjects in the freshest of lyric and colloquial expressions, CELESTIAL BODIES is a festival of sense and sound, not unmarked by the sadness that underlies and sometimes measures the passages of any honestly examined life.
Sidney Wade is also the author of GREEN, FROM ISTANBUL, and EMPTY SLEEVES. Her poems have appeared in THE NEW YORKER, POETRY, THE NEW REPUBLIC, SOUTHERN REVIEW, and other publications. An associate professor of English at the University of Florida, she lives in Gainesville.