By Laura Mullen

ISBN-10: 0520948254

ISBN-13: 9780520948259

Darkish archive: the aim of a dismal archive is to operate as a repository for info that may be used as a failsafe in the course of catastrophe recovery.

Laura Mullen’s fourth assortment is a chain of superbly interrelated poems that explores how you can safely symbolize the truth of switch and loss. Mullen pinpoints what's at stake: the opportunity of conversation and connection—and the desire of intimacy. Invoking Wordsworth’s "I wandered lonely as a cloud," she pushes experiments in awareness opposed to their obstacles in an array of poetic types. Poetic tropes are measured opposed to typical phenomena as Mullen examines what "witness" may well suggest within the context of the aftermath of typhoon Katrina, the disasters of capitalism to impact social justice, the homicide of James Byrd in Texas, the private lack of a mom determine, and a disintegrating love affair.

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18 Proof a cloying foetor and her view of sky blue sky suddenly Recalled laughter. Should have ended “Would have hovered In the air”? Fearless and alone up there (we drove for hours) Or the unfinished floor of the attic (which had to be emptied) treacherous As love itself suggests itself a gesture Why bother She should have died hereafter . . ” Nearly two weeks of willed survival, hoping to be discovered. Living on nothing. ) The moments stuck as they are whether you survive them or not if stuck is what I mean to say when I mean to say memory’s already revising it whatever it once .

I have brought you a theory no I’m not sure but we may need to distribute Person Place Thing Idea the jury still deliberating It all happened on the same day he said and settled down on cue to some highly crafted reminiscing child corner piano religion piano children corner religion Piano instruction / corner a verb Religion money fame The film followed a herd of cows through a typical day. She probably has more self-confidence than my other friends. The returning astronauts waved to the cheering crowd.

Up to downriver to undo the fluent liar oiling our troubled slaughter. He’d have us dotting the eyes of a storm of forms until ill but we’ll not sew to sewer more saltwater waves we wavers. See underwater and also under Under. Rum numbers, numb members. Another bad dad had by hurt, another bird in the band flown like water. A shroud of cloud tears to show how slow clowning around drowns distrusted intelligence out, like, it’s all in your head (waters). Blurred word in these submerged streets: bad weather for bed wetters is best for our bettors.

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