The Mouths of Grazing Things (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

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The Mouths of Grazing Things is an unflinching, lyrical meditation on nature’s forced exodus from the human, and the forms of longing, estrangement, magnetism, and self-otherness that ensue. Arrestingly tender and fiercely protective of where nature lurks in and out of us still, Boyden translates for a new landscape where a brain in a jar is anchored by an apple, a fly-tying fisherman finds love songs to fish scattered among the barber’s sweepings, and the players at “the most dangerous playground in the world” prepare for anything with one fist clenched and the other full of sugar. In poems built to survive an unsafe journey, this book delivers the now-beyond, the almost-was, the near-forgotten, and the just-in-time.
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ISBN-13: 9780299235147
ISBN-10: 0299235149
Pagini: 80
Dimensiuni: 152 x 229 x 23 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Ediția: 1
Editura: University of Wisconsin Press
Colecția University of Wisconsin Press
Seria Wisconsin Poetry Series


“In a clear, muscular language loaded with precise revealing metaphor, Jennifer Boyden delivers a world. These are poems of a mature poet deeply engaged with her environment, demonstrating again and again the power of language to surprise and delight in moments of true insight.”—Sam Hamill

“Delightful, that such complexity of mind should be given to us in such lucid packages.”—Albert Goldbarth

Notă biografică

Jennifer Boyden, a Minnesota native, lives in Washington State and teaches literature and writing. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, and The Mid-American Review. Boyden’s awards include the PEN Northwest writing residency and a Washington State Artist Trust Grant. This is her first full-length collection.


I dedicate this fly to the fish
of the fallen river. It is a poem
of hook and shank and feather.
It sinks like a bone, casts
like the logic of knives.
The song of my own hair, it is
how I call them from their stones.
—excerpt from “The Fly Tier’s Monomania”
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The Listener
What the Ghost Knows
Running the Bulls
Relying on What I Know of How the Hidden Feels, I Advance a Theory
Out of the Barn
Something to Go By
Potential: Two Times
Making It Big, Standing Back to Be Sure

Without Warning, the Mist Came Down
The Pardon
This, Too, One Kind of Voice
Will There Be Police
Asked Some 20 Questions, Many of Which Seem Like More Than One
Floating Even Now
I’d Have Presented a Cup of Water or My Own Small Ax
Phantom Limb
Analysis of the Moth
As Walking Becomes the Answer to the Road
Seizure on the Siskyou Ridge
The Moss
Plenty Comes at Night
A Pileup, and Time, Besides

I Wonder if I’ve Told You Everything
The Allocations of Sound
Counting on Your Presence
The Lost Man
The Air Anniversary
Laying Them Down, Telling Them Rest
The Moss Breathes Back
Fly-tyer’s Monomania
Tomorrow, Tomorrow
The Speaking
What the Stones Allow