Beautiful Country by Robert Wrigley PDF

By Robert Wrigley

ISBN-10: 1101460695

ISBN-13: 9781101460696

A strong new assortment from an award-winning poet.

on the center of Robert Wrigley's new booklet are the fears that locate us on the darkest occasions and the hopes we upward thrust to every morning. those poems discover that time the place the sacred and the profane come jointly, that position of good looks contained in the gruesome and the gruesome inside of what's appealing. The legislation of nature, the commandments of capitalism, and the foundations of warfare are reworked into songs of longing, patriotism, and dissent; we're additionally reminded of the grace living within the glimpse of a horse lower than a whole moon or the preserved lock of a lover's hair. Elegiac and lyrical, playful and offended, Beautiful Country bargains a imaginative and prescient of a rustic that's unflinching, challenging, and generous.

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Filled my days with model trains and trees whittled down, lowered my face into miniature smoke rising from the locomotive, at once acrid and sweet— inhaling it all, a heaven to hold forever. Or, a picnic, on a green hill. Autumn sun, sandwiches stacked high, and who I could love with me on a red gingham blanket, both of us fattened by time. You would think a bone stoppered my throat for how I talk, ridiculous clot of babble and gurgle, impediment as dreamed by the idiot or obvious— and then writ large, screamed out so no one with ears could ever miss me.

In the largest eyes ever, the goggling gimlets of the architeuthis as we sink in the inkwell dark of the blind ocean. As extras in the cast of Yog the Space Amoeba, mouthing Japanese we never before knew, our fear real, the danger fake, each building burnt like a cheap cigarette, down to an ashen stub, down to the loveless earth where you say to me we must run or die. indd 31 6/29/07 11:31:14 AM Seduction with Entropy If you think I’m honest, speak to me when it’s night. I’ll say anything when my face is blank like a moon.

Indd 54 6/29/07 11:31:20 AM Notes for My Body Double The plot hole by which you must enter in to the story is a doozy, a real humdinger, if you will, and it is all made of fire, the way the stars are made of fire, though we dream them to be utterly cold and prickly with a sad light. Nothing ever stops in my world to hear me singing to you. I have always loved you, sweet twin, beloved doppelgänger, alien lump of word in my mouth, language I spent three years learning only to forget when it grew too hard the phrases that meant something: Dear, I am your long lost butter cookie; and, I am sorry, it was accidental, but I have dipped the poodle in laudanum.

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