Early Creatures, Native Gods

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Early Creatures, Native Gods follows K. A. Hays's debut collection of poetry, Dear Apocalypse (2009). As the speaker of the new collection alternately renounces and longs for faith, the landscape shifts from the cathedrals of Emilia-Romagna to the severe coastline of Lubec, Maine. Here the earth's "mindless forces" are addressed as deities: "I'm telling / you—for whom / all wars and ages / are a day's grind— / to go on grinding."
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Overview

Early Creatures, Native Gods follows K. A. Hays's debut collection of poetry, Dear Apocalypse (2009). As the speaker of the new collection alternately renounces and longs for faith, the landscape shifts from the cathedrals of Emilia-Romagna to the severe coastline of Lubec, Maine. Here the earth's "mindless forces" are addressed as deities: "I'm telling / you—for whom / all wars and ages / are a day's grind— / to go on grinding."
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Rick Joines in American Literary Review
"These poems reveal a serious poet grappling with serious things, like faith and doubt . . . Hays refuses the stuttering reflexive mannerisms common in the current-contemporary style . . . as well as the ever-present romantic urge to chuck rationality and rely on the obscurities of emotion. She maintains intellectual control and restraint, her themes are important and universal, her phrasing is often sententious, her diction is pure, simple, and as austere as her imagination, and she accurately apprehends experience and conveys it as precisely as possible in free verse."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485473
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,449,373
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

K. A. HAYS is a poet, fiction writer, and verse translator whose work has appeared in such publications as Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, Southern Review, and the Best American Poetry series. She is the author of a previous book of poetry, Dear Apocalypse (2009). Hays studied literature and writing at Bucknell, Oxford, and Brown universities, and currently lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
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Table of Contents

RENUNCIATION
Assumption
Ordination
Vespers
To the Virgin
Denial in Orta San Giulio
Imagine Shelley Drowning
From Isaac in the Mosaic at San Vitale
Renunciation, Trento
Of Native Gods

LAMENT
To the Virgin
That Struts and Frets
The Sea IS Linear and Kind Where Vision Ends It
Of the Dead
To a Rational God
Just As, After a Point, Job Cried Out
Visitation

DOWNEAST
Theodicy
Of the Mown Field
Assumption
Towards Ruin
To the Virgin, Already Answered
No More Cluster Fly, No Fall Warbler
To a Sea Worm
A Human God Is Not the Same As God
To the Unpersoned God
Resolution
To Mindless Forces

EARLY CREATURES
Early Creatures

CREED
To the Virgin
Some Sort of Startling Idea
The Madonna As a Fallible Thing
Muskeg
As Sleep Comes, Thought
This Is My Body It Will Be Given Up for You
Epistemology
The Mass Has Ended Go in Peace
To Marta in Miasino

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