Cover of the book titled "Exuberance."

Dolores Hayden, professor emerita of architecture

(Red Hen Press)

This book of poems is inspired by the early decades of aviation in the United States. Daredevil pilots Lincoln Beachey, Betty Scott, Harriet Quimby, Ruth Law, Ormer Locklear, Bessie Coleman, and Clyde Pangborn fly at carnival altitudes to thrill millions of spectators who have never seen an airplane. In a sequence of interwoven monologues, the pilots in “Exuberance” wonder how the experience of moving through the air will transform life on the ground. They learn to name the clouds, size up the winds, mix an “Aviation Cocktail,” perform a strange field landing, and make an emergency jump.

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