Jayme Ringleb | So Tall It Ends in Heaven (in store)
With 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. The poems search for answers across the United States and Europe, in and out of historical imagination, as the speaker struggles to separate their understanding of devotion and belonging from the constant losses in their 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.
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. Their poems have appeared recently in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Ploughshares. An assistant professor of English at Meredith College, Jayme lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In conversation with Ina Cariño, a 2022 Whiting Award winner with an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University. Their forthcoming collection Feast won the 2021 Alice James Award.
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Lambda Literary's Most Anticipated September LGBTQIA+ Literature
“A hard-won, triumphant debut.”—Carl Phillips, author of Then the War
With 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.
Winner of a 2022 Whiting Award in Poetry
Winner of the 2021 Alice James Award