Publication Year: 2007
“If everyone decided to call themselves a girl / that word would stop.” In this award-winning volume of authoritative and assertive poems, Sarah Vap embarks on an emotional journey to the land of America’s female children. Questioning, contradicting, radically and restlessly demanding acceptance, she searches for a way to move from serious girlhood to womanly love. Demonstrating the seriousness of female childhood—which is as dangerous and profound as war, economics, and history, that is, as manhood, in her view—Vap reveals the extremes of self-doubt and self-righteousness inherent in being a contemporary American girl.
“When we’re overcome / by everything we think we love—then by morning / we’re adults.” Just as the oil of American spikenard may provide relief from childhood, so does Sarah Vap provide the kind of holy and extravagant love and honor that can relieve the growing pains of “everyone’s little girl.”
Published by: University of Iowa Press
Series: Iowa Poetry Prize
With deep gratitude for my teachers Norman Dubie, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, Jeannine Savard, and Cynthia Hogue, for their help with these poems. Thank you to Arizona State University’s creative writing program and to Karla Elling, for giving me the time and the support needed to write this book...
Stallions eat flowers
brothers, sisters –
What position you’re in if you’re looking at the sole of a heel.
Being a Great Believer in Cooling
What I remember of it now.
Urging caution, and suchlike
Little Clouds on Teeth
Little girls and horses
The disappearing movement
Something of an award
Take them in and throw them back up.
A riddle for my birthday
I am surprised, that means
Breastfeeding across America
Tweeting the Midnight Line
The Emergency Chair
For Romell, the boy with the hair between his teeth
Cold red tiles. Red-hot bath.
Horses Remember How
Heartbreakingly small when you sleep
No one knows the honest end or beginning
I can barely lift you
The Pink House
The Path of Birds
A Window the Size of a Granny’s Forehead
How secret and good you are –
Men from the women
Originally, the earth was loving-water
Iris enjoys the secret
Are you expressing a desire to know me?
Oh come on now.
You help your cat “ face its fear”
Speech of my lost twin
Tiger, my Birthday
The Love Story of Monkey and Bear: Aerial Map
Night Bath, Sagittarius
The Cow Can’t Fear Something Eternal
Page Count: 94
Publication Year: 2007
Series Title: Iowa Poetry Prize
Series Editor Byline: John Smith, Will Wordsworth See more Books in this Series
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