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Hanging in the Air like a Heart Balloon: Sheryda Warrener’s Floating is Everything

We reach after our future like it’s a balloon bobbing above us, its string trailing down over our heads. In Sheryda Warrener’s second book of poetry, Floating is Everything, permanence, mortality and the art of living is looked at through the lens of party balloons, art installations, family memories and space travel. By the end of the book, I was entranced. Warrener’s long and luxurious phrases begin to sing, whether in the stately voice of Soviet cosmonaut Valerie Polyakov, or in the casual, free flowing “Letter to Mel from East Van,” a remarkable poem that ends: