"A hard-won, triumphant debut."
—Carl Phillips, author of Then the War
“It’s thrilling to discover a book you know you’ll revisit for the rest of your life.“
—Kaveh Akbar, author of Pilgrim Bell
“Tremendous. . . .bearing haunting revelations and a beauty that cuts deep.”
—Natalie Shapero, author of Popular Longing
“Brilliant. . .flawlessly renders both the
macro and the micro wonders of the universe.“
—Paige Lewis, author of Space Struck
In lush and deeply intimate language, Jayme Ringleb’s debut collection So Tall It Ends in Heaven explores sexuality, estrangement, and the distances we travel for love. Following the end of a marriage, the book’s queer Southern speaker tries to restore a relationship with his father. His father lives across an ocean, but more keeps them apart than just that: the father rejected his son long ago after learning that his son is gay. The poems search for answers across the United States and Europe, in and out of historical imagination, as the speaker struggles to separate his understanding of devotion and belonging from the constant losses in his life. Drawing from—and subverting—the formal traditions of love poems, parables, and elegies, the collection claims a vital space for one's own solace. “Nobody will love you / like this poem does,” the speaker says; “Tell this poem / what you want. / Anything.”
In turns that are ruminative, funny, and tender, So Tall It Ends in Heaven questions what and whom one lets go of by coming out—can love, in all its complexities, ever be uncoupled from grief?
Jayme Ringleb is a queer writer raised in the southern United States and northern Italy. Jayme’s debut poetry collection, So Tall It Ends in Heaven, will be published by Tin House Books in September 2022. Poems from this collection have appeared recently in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Ploughshares.
Jayme holds a PhD from Florida State University, an MFA from the University of Oregon, and an MBA from the University of Iowa. An assistant professor of English at Meredith College, Jayme lives Raleigh, North Carolina.
SELECTED POEMS ONLINE
"Love Poem So Tall It Ends in Heaven," Poetry
"My Husband, Lost in the Wild," Poetry
"Self-Portrait as Medusa in Shock" Puerto del Sol