The Blue Dress

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In this quiet, clear-eyed collection, Townsend meditates on loss—childhood bereavement, depression, divorce—to arrive at the realization that it is through loss that we come to possess some of life’s most profound gifts.

"The project of Alison Townsend’s poetry is to chart a course through the deepest of losses—to attempt some safe passage through a lifetime’s erasures. Intimate, warm and observant, this book involves us in the inscription of a life."—Mark Doty

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Overview

In this quiet, clear-eyed collection, Townsend meditates on loss—childhood bereavement, depression, divorce—to arrive at the realization that it is through loss that we come to possess some of life’s most profound gifts.

"The project of Alison Townsend’s poetry is to chart a course through the deepest of losses—to attempt some safe passage through a lifetime’s erasures. Intimate, warm and observant, this book involves us in the inscription of a life."—Mark Doty

Alison Townsend was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and spent her childhood in North Salem, New York. She received a B.A. at Marlboro College in Vermont, an M.A. at Claremont Graduate School in California, and an M.F.A. at Vermont College in Mont-pelier. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893996618
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Marie Alexander Poetry Series Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Lifeline 13
Red: A Poem in Five Parts 17
Baldy Notch, via Devil's Backbone 21
No Matter How Much Sunlight 22
Relapse 23
Daily 25
Twelve Below Zero 26
Spring Geography 27
Looking at MRI Scans of My Brain 29
The Grief of Animals 30
In Any Language 31
Red-Breasted Nuthatch 33
The Habit of Its Fit 34
Instinct 36
Leaving Dorland Mountain 37
A Bowl of Sugar 41
From One Life to the Next 42
Ordering Clothes from Victoria's Secret 44
My Ex-Husband Asks Me Who Reads My Rough Drafts 46
Pouring 47
Epilogue 49
Calf Season 51
My Grandmother's Roses 52
Ring-O-Levio 57
The Barbie Birthday 59
With Monsters, 1964 61
Truth Serum 62
Librium 64
My Life as a Horse 66
Magic 8 68
Joan of Arc 71
Hunt Mountain 74
Supplies 76
Radio Love Poem 78
What the Body Knows 80
Stealing Clothes from My Stepmother 83
Along the Path 85
Smoke 86
Seventeenth Summer 89
High School Boyfriends 90
Open Sesame 92
Lantern 94
Eggs 95
In a Field, with Horses, 1972 97
My Stepmother's Ambrosia 98
My Parent's Dance Lessons, 1945 101
Fever of Unknown Origin, 1955 103
Paradise 104
Silver Shoes 105
Raising Water 107
My Mother's Pastels 109
Signing My Name 110
Balancing 111
Each Broken Note Shining 113
The Blue Dress 115
Last Photograph of My Family 117
A Child's Book of Death 119
The Right Color 120
My Mother's Clothes 121
Madame Alexander's "Army" 123
First Haircut, 1963 124
With No Words to Name This 126
Black Stone 127
Small Planets 129
Cape Ann Summer 130
A Box of My Mother's Hair 132
Yellow October 134
Notes on the Poems 136
Acknowledgments 137
About the Author 141
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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    This is an awesome collection

    This is an awesome collection to have in one's own library.

    Everyone should own works by Alison Townsend, along with Ohio Blue Tips by Jeanne E. Clark and The Photos In The Closet by Daniel E. Lopez.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2003

    Alison is my hero.

    She honestly is. She's my teacher, literally and theoretically. Wonderful poet, beautiful person, eloquent beyond belief. Pour your time into her collection of poems, you owe it to yourself and mankind.

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