Frontmatter

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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pp. 3-6

Contents

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pp. 7-10

Section I. Reckless

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pp. 13-14

Self-Portrait In Hiding

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pp. 15-15

Stare At The Sun

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pp. 16-16

Proposal

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pp. 17-19

Faith

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pp. 20-20

Reckless

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pp. 21-23

Two Kinds Of People

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pp. 24-25

Self-Portrait Is Not To Scale

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pp. 26-26

Drake Passage

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pp. 27-27

Dog Years

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pp. 28-28

Sailing To Antarctica

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pp. 29-31

Job

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pp. 32-32

Ship Songs

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pp. 33-33

Here Be Monsters

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pp. 34-36

Section II. Cold Heart

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pp. 37-38

Cold Heart

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pp. 39-39

Cognito

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pp. 40-41

Not Just Having the Feeling

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pp. 42-43

The Human Mind Did Not Create the Ice

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pp. 44-45

Charismatic Diatoms

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pp. 46-47

Terra Lab

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pp. 48-49

Self-Portrait in Glass

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pp. 50-50

He Completes Me

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pp. 51-51

Inadvertent Self-Portrait

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pp. 52-53

Directional

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pp. 54-54

Landscape with Fire

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pp. 55-55

Music of the Spheres

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pp. 56-56

Penguin and Human

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pp. 57-58

Self-Portrait with Elephant Seal

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pp. 59-59

Tempo for a Winged Instrument

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pp. 60-60

Cento from Various Non-Poetic Sources

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pp. 61-61

Peacock Dolphin

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pp. 62-62

To Alice, the Beast Appears

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pp. 63-64

No Wonder

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pp. 65-65

Mirage

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pp. 66-67

All Day Long the Glacier Sings

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pp. 68-68

Walking the Glacier

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pp. 69-70

Bare-Knuckled Self-Portrait

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pp. 71-71

Life: Studies in Fragments

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pp. 72-73

Antimanifesto

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pp. 74-74

Use / / in a Sentence

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pp. 75-76

Problems of Description in the Language of Discovery

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pp. 77-79

Dogs Of Ice

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pp. 80-82

Abandon

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pp. 83-84

Section III. Rumors of Topography

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pp. 85-86

Expedition Journal

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pp. 87-87

Landscape Without Bicycle

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pp. 88-89

Fixing Antarctica

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pp. 90-90

Clock Erasure

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pp. 91-91

Passage

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pp. 92-93

While I Was Away

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pp. 94-95

Glass House

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pp. 96-96

Looking South

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pp. 97-102

May Day

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pp. 103-103

Self-Portrait As Erasure

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pp. 104-106

Some Other Summer

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pp. 107-108

Exit Interview

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pp. 109-110

Rumors Of Topography

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pp. 111-112

Notes

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pp. 113-116

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About the Author

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pp. 120-120

Katharine Coles is the author of five collections of poems and two novels. In 2010, she traveled to Antarctica to write poems under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; this book comprises poems from that project. Coles is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. ...