The Terrible Wife (Salt Modern Poets)

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The Terrible Wife, in this new collection of poems by Terry Ann Thaxton, has married four times and imagined marriages to a soap opera star, her brother-in-law, and any man who will give her a ride because she "wanted to be / part of a wall of women dancing / water falling from the sky or a fountain." Taking cues from her own mother - who is, to this troubled soul - "an argument against becoming a wife" - she sets out to find meaning: "We march out into the trees / or fly off our balconies looking for a man, / any man." But still she judges herself through the lens of the men she clings to for comfort like "a woodpecker ... clings to [a] hollow / tree." Thaxton does not find easy solace for her terrible wife, but instead lets her confusion and weaknesses clink and jangle like wind chimes in an approaching storm. This broken resonance with its disarming images and unpredictable movements is given to us in a voice devoid of self-consciousness and posturing. Thaxton's poems are as compelling as a lifetime of snapshots spilled on the floor, discovered in a box that, moments ago, one didn't know existed.
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ISBN-13: 9781844719167
ISBN-10: 1844719162
Pagini: 84
Dimensiuni: 140 x 216 x 5 mm
Greutate: 0.12 kg
Editura: Salt Publishing
Seria Salt Modern Poets


Acknowledgements Part I. Free Girls Free Girls The Beach Girls of the 1960s Grow Up and Get Married The Brick Walkway The Photograph of My First Child Wife-in-Training & After Part II. The Men of My Dreams House on the Creek My First Rental The Preacher's Wife Don't Marry Your Brother-in-Law "Dragonfly With Red Wings" The Night I Married Jasper Jax Lost Hunger The Cold Rising of the Sun The Terrible Wife Part III. Where Things Lie Tractor Song Haircut Rock Beneath Orange Tree Birdsong Sounds Coming Through Empty Sky From a Cabin in Portal, AZ Burden of Memory Where Things Lie Part IV. Trouble in Paradise Bougainvillea Trouble in Paradise: A Four Act Play The Gravel Road Atrial Fibrillation cerebrovascular accident Fighting Back After Dinner Part V. Toward Something Hope Trapped Trying to Name It Displaced Housewife The Bench Outside My Life Toward Something Epilogue of Our Play The Empty Trail