By Robyn Schiff
A new ebook from a poet whose paintings is "wild with mind's eye, unafraid, formidable, inventive" (Jorie Graham)
Located in a menacing, gothic panorama, the poems that contain A lady of Property draw formal and innovative barriers opposed to boundless mortal hazard, yet as all borders are susceptible, this ominous assortment eventually levels an pressing and deeply imperiled boundary dispute the place haunting, phantasm, the presence of the earlier, and disembodied voices basically extra unsettle questions of fabric and non secular ownership. this can be a theatrical ebook of dilapidated homes and overgrown gardens, of passageways and thresholds, edges, prosceniums, unearthings, and root structures. The volatile estate traces the following rove from heaven to hell, troubling percentage and provoking propriety within the identify of unfathomable propagation. Are all of the gates during this publication folly? Are the partitions too simply scaled to carry whatever again or impose self-confinement? What won't a poem do to get to the opposite part?
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A couple of deliverymen had allow them to- selves in, whereas i used to be napping, with a skeleton key. I held the correct metal coil to the gentle and observed the spiral staircase out of the laptop the clematis in my backyard unwinds up alongside its personal concertina twine, wheeling tender generators up the porch display like cammed hexes supporting ascension of what foot leaving a sprocket in electronic dream of natural soul what correct have I to carry, tame because it is, although it appears to be like wild? The earth wishes my condominium again. odor its want in my base- ment in the event you stopover at while twister sirens roll exultant maybes via a yellow hurricane, yet who wishes a spirit again any- extra? I don’t understand why they ever did. Are you continue to there, Alison? Alison: I check with loads of new moms. Me: So? Alison: there's whatever you could take for that, yet you can't get it the following. Me: I simply wish go back with out alternative. while the lyric makes me sing what i didn't even wish acknowledged, to get to prevent having to maintain considering it. Abandonment is a felony quest- (Mid-word? the decision was once dropped. ) Later through textual content: r u extra terrified of good looks or infinity? Did u arise right here four the view or the drop? to monitor the self- mutilated spider velocity the dimensions or, at the different vibrant pan, flashing the sunlight again on the solar in complete white expanse just like the disk head of an historic god or the cool and luminous earthlit moon, a strobe I regulate the depth of simply by turning on and off my bedside lamp, so much smooth infinitesimal degree taken within the heritage of time meted in insomniac dawngloam lightspeed, minus one darkish fissure portending damnation in mirrors—this freehand one- line torso floating underneath gallows in a one-guess death-match of hangman interruptus—the severed 8th autotomized leg of that very same spider twitching out a couple of scorching counts, then not anything doing until eventually Judgment. absolutely adjudication will now not be made from the few losses I reduce; in any case, i didn't consume the fish I freed—not the radiant stone-winged sea robin I hooked and published in nauseous dread with the aid of the single pal my father had, who upended it in calm didactic sea- showmanship ennobled through detached mercy so out might swim a still-living meal of 3 black crimson backlit shrimp earlier than returning all of them in a single hand to the depths of the reuptaking Sandy Hook Bay. within the flashing grid of shadow forged through rigs passing over the slatted bridge below which we’d anchored, the bottom-feeder and the very backside are nonetheless pulsing at the bow of My Compassion, a clear craft I steer in reminiscence with the motor off in no-wake waters. Inquest. tell. Inscape. In absentia. Grace below surveillance is etiquette. site visitors come and cross and I relaxation my leisure at the baby’s head which has a gap and reflect on Justice. the 1st Mistake was once issuing her a two-pan stability. consider offsetting the equilibrium of the peaceful nation on the head of the crib. I introduced it domestic from the Land of Nod desirous to dangle 4 animals round a 5th: wolf, bug, lion, lamb, and monkey, and sat down and wept on the challenge of the way to middle the hot global.