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"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?

EVENTS

SO TALL IT ENDS IN HEAVEN BOOK LAUNCH AND READING
in conversation with Ina Cariño
September 20th, 7:00 pm
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC
 

SO TALL IT ENDS IN HEAVEN READING AND Q&A
in conversation with Ed Madden
September 22nd, 6:00 pm
Odd Bird Books, Columbia, SC
 

SO TALL IT ENDS IN HEAVEN READING
Florida State University's Jerome Stern Reading Series
September 27th, 8:00 pm
The Bark, Tallahassee, FL
 

SO TALL IT ENDS IN HEAVEN READING
with Alycia Pirmohamed, reading from Another Way to Split Water
University of Oregon Creative Writing Program Reading Series
January 18th, 4:30 pm
Eugene, OR
 

ABOUT

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, is published by Tin House Books. 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 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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