The Cartographer's Tongue

Overview

Qustions of geography, ethnic identity, and the corssing of cultural borders keep company with poetic form in this first collection of work.

“These poems will wound you and haunt you, but the larger knowing they bring is crucial . Susan Rich is a caring citizen of every heartland.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

“Susan Rich gives us a collection of poems...generous in the range and power of their emotion.”—J. M. Coetzee

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Overview

Qustions of geography, ethnic identity, and the corssing of cultural borders keep company with poetic form in this first collection of work.

“These poems will wound you and haunt you, but the larger knowing they bring is crucial . Susan Rich is a caring citizen of every heartland.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

“Susan Rich gives us a collection of poems...generous in the range and power of their emotion.”—J. M. Coetzee

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893996069
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Rich is a poet and Fulbright Fellow. She teaches at Highline College and lives in Seattle, WA.

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Table of Contents

Explorations
Lost By Way of Tchin-Tabarden 13
Tuareg Tea Ceremony 14
Haiti 16
Welcome to the Mapparium 18
Spring Break 19
Atopos: Without Place 21
The Woman With a Hole in the Middle of Her Face 23
The Myth of the Perfect Move 25
Nomadic Life 26
In the Language of Maps 27
The Wall 28
Lessons in the Desert 29
The Toughest Job 30
The Beggars 32
The Filigree of the Familiar 33
Parts of a Globe
Sarajevo 39
Traveling the Map 40
How to Read a Map 42
La Verbena Cemetery 44
Taoseno 45
The Wheelchair Repairman's Bride Imagines Her First Night 47
Whatever Happened to the Bodies... 48
Oslobodjenje 49
Ghazal For a Woman From Vitez 50
Leaving Sarajevo 51
L'Oiseau Bleu 52
Science Lessons 54
Stories 57
The Palmist 61
Nocturne 62
Wendy in the 90s 65
Train Travel 66
On Photographing the National Library 68
In Our Name 70
Flames 71
The Place 73
Muted Gold
The Scent of Gasoline 77
Seat Mate 80
Green Street Grill 82
1959 83
Lines Written Before Seeing an Ex-Lover Who Has Become A Sex Therapist 84
The Exact Moment 86
Men at Work 87
Early Morning Weather 88
What I Will Take From My Mother 90
Last Breath 91
1 January 1999 93
Edgelight 95
Love in the Time of AIDS 98
All That We Need 100
Muted Gold 101
Take Off 103
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