A Wild Surmise
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Red Hen Press
Other Works by the Author, Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Recordigns of the Poems, Dedication
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We go back, Eloise and I. Far back. In 1978 I was on sabbatical with my family in Arcadia, California. My husband was doing research at Caltech. Arcadia was very pretty, very boring, and the most frighteningly white place I have ever been. Everybody was white except the gardeners. Somebody kindly told us we were one of just two Jewish families in Arcadia. Luckily, I had an ...
Section I. from Building Some Changes, 1976
Seciton II. from A Packet Beating Like A Heart, 1981
Seciton III. from Ordinary Wisdom, 1981
Section IV. from Artemis in Echo Park, 1991
The Concepts 0f Integrity and Closure in Poetry as I Believe They Relate to Sappho
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Seciton V. from Women's Studies Chronicles, 1998
Asking for an Incomplete
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...by hand) and we are not at my eighth floor office door but grip-...
To Peter in Germany
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...were foreigners because of their haircuts. I thought two of themwhat an out-of-the-way place they’d been sent to—like Oklahomasafe when men needed to be employed—that’s what they believed.I could only sympathize and pet their dog. In Berlin the wall mayhave fallen, but it fell on the women. No female faces rose in the...
Section VI. from Passing, 2002
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...and sports shows ran films of his infected blood coloring the pool.of fear for his life could alter the timeless motion into a pool...
Section VII. from The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho, 2007
When Did a Self Begin?
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...“The language is confusing,” he says, “what does she want?”but ever waiting for the next call, the one for “next of kin.”...
Section VIII. New Poems: A Wild Surmise
Fragments of a Grecian Urn
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...there being no garments visible and the skin tone is so similar....
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Mr. Twister and his sister, dicey doggy dots flee around the tree. Bumpy, rooty-tooty, slappy wavy footy left, footy right. Doggie dervish dashing out of sight. In a hurry, furry flurry, tasty tangy, the air goes blurry. Better do this, oh! I worry. Scratch a patch, leash and dash. Here we go. It’s a blast of Commissioned by Susan Silton and included in The Tornado Project...
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Resplendent Quetzal, Turquoise-browed Motmot, Amazon Kingfisher,...
The Summer She Died
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Based on a photograph with the words “Please return” handwritten on ...
Oh, Dr. Surgeon
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...because what if my wrist locks in place like a rusty gate and whatever I have in mind can’t get through, whatever I try to hold can’t catch. What if the hinge there is too old to repair and forever after all my shirts will not tuck right, drying off with a towel will hurt me hurt me, drying my hair will hurt and pulling up the covers hurt and worse, everything I go to touch ...
Looking Up at the Ceiling
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...twisting the hair on her head in little circles with her fingers, ...
Since You Asked
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The second century of the wars has rolled out and I have to wonder...
The Motion Picture Retirement Home, Two East: What Is She Reading?
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...of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed in the urban heartof Los Angeles. Asphaltum or tar (“brea” in Spanish) has seeped upfrom the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar isoften covered with water. Over many centuries, animals that cameto drink the water fell in, sank in the tar, and were preserved as bones....
This Next Attempt Will Be Meta-poetical
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...of a major remodel of our house because we needed more usable space and the space designer had some ideas that shook not only the foundation but of accumulating interests or kick around some still living embers to do to the floor or the walls or countertop and we two smolder and we argue over dinner at that bistro where everyone knows us ...
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Note: The ten lines interwoven into “American Jisei” are quoted from the front jacket flap of Japanese Death Poems, compiled by ...
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...for a military satellite and one’s the busiest freeway interchange...
About the Author
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Eloise Klein Healy is the author of seven books of poetry and three spoken word recordings. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in ...
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Publication Year: 2013