Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
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Series Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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To Spirits of Fire After Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Some Kinds of Reading in Childhood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4The Fuel of an Infinite Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Grammar of This Life at Noon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6Geminid Showers & Health Care Reform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7...
I .ON THE MIRACLE OF NAMELESS FEELING
...microseasons, vowels, panicles, California grasses, existence, sex, the cosmos,childhood reading, guilt, noons, letters in summer fruit, autumn equinox, the stalk market, stemming the crisis, termites, winter electricity, the six-ties, learning the y, solstice, spirits, wars we hate, motives, Candlemas, mar-gins, spring songs, people with birthdays in May, Tesla, memory loss, deserts,...
Early Sixties Christmas in the West
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It takes all the strength of the girl & her mother holding the knife to slice theholiday bird. Lipton Onion Soup flakes floating in the pan. One pinch of irreverent parsley recalls a belief in plants having feelings. The father reads Camus by the fire. Each book is a Bethlehem. The crèche has an arch wherePatterns float independently on the girl’s apron. Mr. Postman by the Mar-...
The Body Politic Loses Her Hair
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Words started to fall out of sentences in earnest around the time of the firstaerial bombs. They kept falling for most of the 20th century. When i read theword drone,my hair falls out in solidarity with old words. Stingless singlesshoney bees [Apismellifera] or the music drones on & on, but now (at the topof Google), unmanned, where the “un” in the “unmanned” looks like little...
In High Desert Under the Drones
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We are western creatures; we can stand for hours in the sun. We read poetrynear an Air Force base. Is poetry pointless? Maybe its points are moving, asin a fire. The enlisted men can’t hear. Practice drones fly over-head to pho-tograph our signs; they look like hornets [Vespula] with dangly legs dippingin rose circles with life grains. They photograph shadows of the hills where...
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My country’s addicted to Facelessbook, it friends them then bombs them orsometimes it bombs then friends. The drones are faceless when they fly overmountains friending the villagers & the queen bee they would friend if theySome tell me to relax, it’s a stage in late capitalism, just accept this till the rev-olution then get guns. uni00A0Dadaists suggested blind interventions with scream-...
Ecopoetics Minifesto: A Draft for Angie
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A—At times a poem might enact qualities brought from Romantic poetry,through Baudelaire, to modernism & beyond—freedom of form, expressiv-ity, & content—taking these to a radical intensity, with uncertainty, com-B—such a poem employs knowledge from diverse disciplines—including sci-entific vocabularies, but it does not privilege only the human. Research in-...
Moaning Action at the Gas Pump
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Soon it will be necessary to start a behavior of moaning outdoors whenpumping gas ... That capital S is a sort of gas nozzle. Pulling up, beginninga low moaning action, pulling a deep choral moan with cracks up through thebody, the crude through the cracks of sea & earth, pulling neurotransmittersglutamate, acetylcholine, & others across chasms in the nervous system, into...
Report on Visiting the District Office
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Who is poetry for? Truth is, i don’t know. The folks at tailgate parties beforethe game, in their lawn chairs—are they dying every day for lack of what isIt’s been proposed that we take poems about oﬀshore oil drilling to Congres-sional staﬀ. My district is shaped like a bouncing blue amoeba. Ironic todrive 20 miles to protest oil drilling in a dreamily-driving-to-the-suburbs...
II. A SENSE OF THE LIVELY UNIT
...high-swinging cones, opened by the fiery heat, the winged seeds Forest fires in the west, street protests, for my mother, for my daughter, forSharon at Dream Fluﬀ, western streets in spring, “Little J.A. in a Prospect ofFlowers,” household hints from the 50s, on removing stains from fabric, protest-ing drone attacks, mama’s handwriting, the clinging of lichen, Diebenkorn...
The Elements Are Mixed in Childhood
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Our mother was baptized on a kerosene box, our father was baptized in acreek, & we were baptized in a plaster pool while turquoise ripples playedaround our feet & desert air poofed up to make the long black robe a nylonbuﬀalo. It makes your underpants wet,said our brother. It’s strange to be onfire with sins. This is how the past begins: it is the year of the missile crisis; it...
Sky of Omens, Floor of Fragments
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Some of the munitions manufacturers also make prosthetic devices forwomen vets. Complaints had been filed since 2005 that the arms & legs weresized for men. Now the Pentagon is wising up because, bullet point, 14% ofthe active forces are females & also, bullet point, 11% are combat forces,which percent is expected to increase in the future, plus half of this popula-...
The Seeds Talk Back to Monsanto
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...pedicil, twigs & twains, bespuddled musings, ye oddlings, not forced.in a Don’t sprout for Monsanto. sit with. the. Don’t. d.o.n.t.(2) stalled were it not for magic, we’re trying to decide what to do—...
Coda: Suggested Activism for Endangered Seeds
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Ok, so, when you get home write a letter to the USDA about bio-piracyharming farmers, which the U.S. is totally funding in Africa [see Center forGrassroots Oversight Website—The use of Terminator seeds]. You can make3 copies of your poem, cut them into seed-like syllables. Place the seedlings& extra readable copies in boxes including organic grass seeds. Before you seal...
To the Writing Students at Orientation
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This has certainly been an odd week. An earthquake in the East instead of theWest. Rebels have taken Tripoli. A billionaire agreed to tax himself & thenbought a bank. Astronomers have discovered a small planet composed, per-haps, of diamond. It is 4000 light years away, is about the size of Jupiter & itseems to have become a diamond by spinning around its companion, a pul-...
Local Warming & Early Autumn Butterflies
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...—to drag people into glittering occupations ... K.scenneth P.scatchen...
Halfway Through Civilization, Late to Another
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...i hurry across campus, pulling the uncool roller bag up the curb. Early au-tumn, sensing Hopkins’ dearest freshness deep down things dearest freshness pastthe dorm basement through wisps of corporate lilac fabric softener. The out-line of a squirrel’s tail points down like a tornado to the nuthatch in the cedar.There’s a bubble in the invisible; they’re going to have to do it over. Our col-...
Experiments with Poetry Are Taken Outdoors
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...telling lies on the panel so we shouted, then they threw us out. Their publi-cist chased us, hitting D with her fists, & smashed my camera on my head.We stood outside waiting to settle the matter. A man in a good suit came outto the sidewalk. He had watery blue eyes. i said, i won’t press charges if yourFoundation regrets the assault & pays me for the camera. He said, We won’t...
A Quiet Afternoon at the Office II
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A Brutal Encounter Recollected in Tranquility
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There is a space of uncertainty in every act, even standing before police in riotgear. Looking into their eyes, we think it’s possible to reach them. We reachout with my feelers. The crowd presses in. The night is exactly the age of ourstudents. What will be called batons, nightsticks or truncheons, clubs—arecertain in the angle of the hitting()()()()()(). Looking into the eyes of the oﬃ-...
2 Journal Entries During Occupy SF
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Protest in financial district. Too tired to go. The baby sick with a cold herefor our Monday. Played Lego firetruck on the rug. He learned to make watersounds, putting out plastic fire with his tiny hose. Saw turkey vultures clock-...
Smart Galaxies Work with Our Mother
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In the Evening of the Search
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS & NOTES
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Thanks to the editors & staﬀ of periodicals, anthologies, presses & websites wheresome of this work has appeared or is forthcoming: 外国文学;580 Split;Alaska Quar-terly Review’s 30th Anniversary Issue; American Scientist; TheArcadia Project: NorthAmerican Postmodern Pastoral;Bay Nature;Berkeley Poetry Review;The Best AmericanPoetry 2012;Bombay Gin; Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review;Boston Review; The Bruised...
About the Author
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...of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she editeduni00A0TheGrand Permission:uni00A0...
Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series