Do Not Peel the Birches (Paperback)
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Do Not Peel the Birches (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 30/09/1993
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In her second collection of poems, Fleda Brown Jackson holds
with a meditative rapture to the place she call home - home as family,
the source of trouble and joy; home as the embellished stories of family; and
home as a place called Central Lake. And when the poems move outward -
to Stonehenge, Edinburgh, Kitty-Hawk, Roanoke, St. Pete Beach, and the
Mississippi River - the past keeps resonating. At last, the voice that
remembers becomes nothing but a riding, a hunger. If I
were a swan, she imagines, "The world would move / under me / and
I would always be exactly / where I am." There is an end to history, Jackson
says, when at last real life and art are able to merge: a mythic Elvis steps
out of her ancestral outhouse, and his singing sounds very much like her own
voice. "It's not as if one vent stands / beside another, separated by a
delicate / membrane," she writes in another poem. It's "all done through
images, the blood of fear, / of rage, soaking through the towel."

Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557530400
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 136 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 6 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"When domestic poetry reveals the profound and the esoteric,
it does so in a circuitous way; but when it does it is moving and, sometimes,
terrifying. Fleda Brown Jackson is face to face, in these domestic poems, with
the wilderness, whether she is swimming with an old aunt or waltzing at the
Pappy Burnett Pavilion or remembering her father taking her retarded brother
sailing. A culture is revealed here; and a brave vision."

-- (08/01/2018)

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