Continental Shelf by Henry Gould


Continental Shelf is a selection of Gould’s shorter poems, written over a period of 52 years.  From a poet who has focused on composing long sequences and book-length works – such as Memorial Day, Island Road, Stubborn Grew, Lanthanum, Ravenna Diagram, and (forthcoming) Restoration Day – these poems offer a structural and stylistic counterpoint.  Yet they also reflect a characteristic  oscillation, between “midwest” and “ocean”.  Interior spaces, continental shelf.

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  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: September, 2022
  • ISBN: 978-1-953252-66-1



Evening makes way for night,
and outside, the wind
is bringing autumn in from Canada,
the last of the ice-cream trucks
rattles home to Johnston,
ringing its off-key chimes.

The locusts are all gone.
The crickets are still turning
spirals in the inner ear.
Children still go to bed thinking
about the first day of school.

And the world fills with helium,
heading out on its long journey
over the hills, into the cool
sky – weightless now, letting go
the ballast – an enormous yesterday.


Henry GouldHenry Gould, a Minneapolis native, returned to Minnesota in 2015 after 45 years in Rhode Island.  His poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in journals such as DiVersos, Poetry, Rain Taxi, Jacket, Notre Dame Review, West Branch, Boston Review, Mudlark, and Critical Flame.  Three books have been published : Stone (Copper Beech Press, 1979), Stubborn Grew (Spuyten Duyvil, 2000), and Ravenna Diagram I-III (Dos Madres, 2018-2020).  For 10 years he co-edited (with Janet Sullivan) the Rhode Island literary magazine Nedge.  He also edited and published the collected poems of poet and translator Edwin Honig (Time & Again : Poems 1940-1997).

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Weight 14.2 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .375 in