High Jump as Icarus Story

Gustav Parker Hibbett


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Banshee Press
4 July 2024
ISBN: 9781739397951
112 pages

From the publisher

Just inside the track’s concentric
circus rings, at the football field’s
head, is where I learned to wear
the gaze of other people like a queen
wears feathers.

In High Jump as Icarus Story, Gustav Parker Hibbett gifts us visions of flight and falling. This stunningly accomplished debut deconstructs and redefines notions of Blackness, queerness, and masculinity through the lenses of myth, pop culture, and that most transcendent of sports – the high jump.

Formally inventive, these poems speak in a vulnerable, rapturous voice that urges us to reimagine our possible selves, while navigating a labyrinthine America that conjures its young into monsters. Taking us from the arroyos of New Mexico to a West Cork farm in winter, these meditations on beauty and the elusive nature of love are insightful and hard-won: the spirit triumphs, even when the body falls.