Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees: Poems / Edition 1

Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees: Poems / Edition 1

by Julianna Baggott
     
 

ISBN-10: 080713256X

ISBN-13: 9780807132562

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press

Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees takes up the tradition of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, but on poetry's own terms. At first glance, Baggott's candid counsel can be seen as a manual on writing poetry, written in poems. As the book unfolds, however, these poems take on the larger landscape of love and loss, the rigors of living fully, and the intricate,…  See more details below

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Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees takes up the tradition of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, but on poetry's own terms. At first glance, Baggott's candid counsel can be seen as a manual on writing poetry, written in poems. As the book unfolds, however, these poems take on the larger landscape of love and loss, the rigors of living fully, and the intricate, mysterious territory of our fragile, hardworking souls.

She's not an easy lover who simply tilts her head
when you appear on the front stoop.
Will she allow the porch light to cast heavenly redemption
like a bare bulb in a church-basement Christmas pageant?
No, there's scowling, silence. And when finally
she takes you to the tub to wash away the world's filth,
you're always shocked, no matter how many times
you've strayed, that she doesn't gently cup your head,
but dunks it, again and again,
a baptism that just won't take.

"Poetry Punishes You for Your Absence" published in Compulsions of Silk Worms and Bees by Julianna Baggott. Copyright © 2007 by Julianna Baggott. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807132562
Publisher:
Louisiana State University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Award Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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