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Bird Skin Coat

Angela Sorby

Publication Year: 2009

Bird Skin Coat is brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent—doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars—this collection reflects Sorby’s keen eye for blending images. As they shuttle between the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, these poems explore how the radical instability of the world is also the source of its energy.
 
 
Honorable Mention, Posner Book-Length Poetry Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers 
 
Winner, Best Book of Poetry, Midwest Book Awards
 
Winner, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

CONTENTS

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pp. ix-

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-

For feedback on earlier drafts, I wish to thank Maureen McLane; my writing group (Jenny Benjamin-Smith, Colleen Harryman, Liana Odrcic, and Melissa Schoeffel); and I. H. Roth. For other forms of support, I am grateful to my colleagues at Marquette University. I am also deeply indebted to Janice Anderson, Sandra Lee Kleppe, Chris Roth, Janet and Evan Sorby, and Tracy Thompson. ...

PART ONE

Bird Skin Coat

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pp. 3-4

Breathing Out Smoke

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pp. 5-6

Nostalgia for the Present

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pp. 7-8

Rose

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pp. 9-10

Whose Woods These Are

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pp. 11-12

Neighborhood Watch

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pp. 13-14

Small Talk

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pp. 15-16

Middle Distance

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pp. 17-18

Erin’s Leather Jacket

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pp. 19-20

Dragons of the Bible

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pp. 21-22

Walking Directions

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pp. 23-24

What Helen Caught

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pp. 25-26

Catch and Release

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pp. 27-28

Conversion Narrative

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pp. 29-30

Mountain of Names

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pp. 31-32

The Snow-Woman

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pp. 33-34

The Diagnosis

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pp. 35-36

Insomnia

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pp. 37-38

PART TWO

Kickflip

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pp. 41-42

The Attic of the Attic

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pp. 43-44

Prosperity

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pp. 45-46

Flyover state

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pp. 47-48

Taj Maha

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pp. 49-50

American Camel

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pp. 51-52

Sky Falling on Cedars

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pp. 53-54

Sleeping with Stars

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pp. 55-56

Forest Floor

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pp. 57-58

Sleeping in the Pioneer Rooms

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pp. 59-60

Objects Made Real by Observation

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pp. 61-62

Night Train to Whitefish

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pp. 63-64

In the Good Pain Wing

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pp. 65-66

Six Degrees of Separation

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pp. 67-68

Transport to Sumer

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pp. 69-70

Museum Study

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pp. 71-72

First Lady of the War

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pp. 73-74

The Urn

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pp. 75-76

Dove and Dove

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pp. 77-78

Notes

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pp. 79-


E-ISBN-13: 9780299231934
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299231941

Page Count: 79
Publication Year: 2009