A Cartography of Birds: Poems (Paperback)
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A Cartography of Birds: Poems (Paperback)

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Paperback 64 Pages / Published: 01/11/2002
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In her exceptional debut collection, J. L. Conrad illuminates a personal landscape and gives it voice and body through the rhythms of liturgy and the language of individual perception. Divided into three sections - "Myths and Incantations," "Topographies," and "A Science of Ordinary Things" - the volume seems propelled by the turning wheel of memory. From "Planting, 1964," which describes a family photograph, to the long final poem that uses Frisbee golf as a tool for recollecting the course of a relationship, Conrad maintains emotional authenticity and a unique, gentle eloquence. A Cartography of Birds is a reminder of the power that a poet wields in transforming a moment into words. Today the tree; sounds have changed; and the city - perhaps it is mine; after all. I take the train; and claim its stops; in the proper order as I once did; only in sleep. Wind sweeps; the buildings clean - yellow-eyed grackles; wash the high arches of sky; with their wings. As much as I try; to hide it, I am happy. - from "Union Square: Late Summer"

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
ISBN: 9780807128176
Number of pages: 64
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 229 x 140 x 12 mm

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