By Angela Sorby
Poultry pores and skin Coat is brimming with startling moments of good looks came across inside a rusty and decayed panorama. With wild lyrical photographs of ascent and descent—doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars—this assortment displays Sorby’s willing eye for mixing photos. As they go back and forth among the higher Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, those poems discover how the unconventional instability of the realm is additionally the resource of its energy. Honorable point out, Posner Book-Length Poetry Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers Winner, most sensible publication of Poetry, Midwest ebook Awards Winner, Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers
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Husbandly bodies are prairies where grasses seed grasses, spreading endlessly, up to—and over—the edge of intelligibility. Is Iowa far? Yes and no—its borders are unclear after sundown, when the corn grows: we are here, and our husbands are there, 17 as if a distinction could be made between the plain Midwestern night and ghostlier demarcations, deeper shades. 18 ERIN’S LEATHER JACKET The arborist’s wife, Erin, will be beautiful at ﬁfty: her beauty is so pale, so blonde, it ﬂoats independently of her face, like the “spirits” that nineteenth-century fakes brushed onto daguerreotypes.
They X his name off their kid-party guest lists. They are totally. Fucking. Meticulous. What can I do but coax him over the embers? And if he cries (he will) I’ll say walk faster. 35 INSOMNIA I’m not surprised to ﬁnd myself awake. I want to dial dead people long distance: Tante Kitty, Sheila Bender, David Lee. My husband is breathing evenly, his skin a sleeping bag zipped around his chin. In the daytime, too, he moves with an ease that is not contagious. Be happy, he says, as if giving directions for plain paper recycling.
What can I do but coax him over the embers? And if he cries (he will) I’ll say walk faster. 35 INSOMNIA I’m not surprised to ﬁnd myself awake. I want to dial dead people long distance: Tante Kitty, Sheila Bender, David Lee. My husband is breathing evenly, his skin a sleeping bag zipped around his chin. In the daytime, too, he moves with an ease that is not contagious. Be happy, he says, as if giving directions for plain paper recycling. I hear Dick Van Dyke on the downstairs neighbor’s TV, but no one’s awake down there.
Bird Skin Coat (Brittingham Prize in Poetry) by Angela Sorby