Faulkner's Rosary: Poems

Overview

Sarah Vap, award-winning author of Dummy Fire and American Spikenard, dazzles again with this third collection. Vap celebrates the mysteries of pregnancy with wonder, fear, sorrow, and joy. Like counting the beads on a rosary, she takes us along a trail of connected couplets, building a concrete yet mythic exploration of the body as it prepares to bring another body into the world. Alice Notley writes, “This is a poetry of light, edge, and coherence, and it is beautiful.” And Cynthia Hogue adds, “I am in awe of ...

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Overview

Sarah Vap, award-winning author of Dummy Fire and American Spikenard, dazzles again with this third collection. Vap celebrates the mysteries of pregnancy with wonder, fear, sorrow, and joy. Like counting the beads on a rosary, she takes us along a trail of connected couplets, building a concrete yet mythic exploration of the body as it prepares to bring another body into the world. Alice Notley writes, “This is a poetry of light, edge, and coherence, and it is beautiful.” And Cynthia Hogue adds, “I am in awe of the rare beauty of these poems.”

Sarah Vap is a quickly rising star in the poetry world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pregnancy, motherhood, children, sex, and majestic rural or wild landscapes find raw illumination in Vap's often exciting third collection. Moments of joy in nature or in sex rip through her sometimes ragged free verse lines, while bodily danger and metaphysical dread stay close behind. "Self-Portrait as a Butter-Churner" turns farm life into a lush erotic trope: "mouthfuls at the crank of the barrel churn, of sweet cream/ before the butter arrives"" Another page, though, shows a literal wolf at the door, a "bull-trout" caught by hand, and "children's drowning-stories each spring—snow/ from the mountains into the drainage creek. A quarrel/ with life—certain lives do that." For all its interest in the fears and the ecstasies of adults, though, Vap's work shines most beside babies, or babies-to-be: a fetus is a "saint-star, itching-pea" whose "ears drop between my hip-points./ My belly is a blood-vessel filigree." The poet pays homage to her own mother as she portrays herself in a similar role—and yet she does so in a thoroughly up-to-date, sometimes fragmentary, even bizarre way. Even the book's religious overtones are never merely traditional: at her best (especially late in this short book) Vap shows family life made new. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981859163
  • Publisher: Saturnalia Books
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,282,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH VAP is the author Dummy Fire, winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Forrest Gander. Her second collection, American Spikenard (2006), was the winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize in 2006. She currently lives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington with her husband and two sons.

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Table of Contents

Lifted, adoring---then--- 1

Linea Nigra: cross of jubilee 2

Someone to be good in front of 3

Memorare 4

Conception 6

Arizona 7

Eggtooth 9

Children 10

We grew in a redwood house 11

Fallopian 12

A cradle of warmed oats for the chickens on the Epiphany 13

Meditation on pink 14

Meditation on blue 15

Living together 16

Glory be 18

Howling cabooses alongside 20

A bear as big as an angus in my parents' backyard 21

A kingdom of garish cat's-eyes 23

Lullaby for a disappearing child 24

Spill 25

Moonlight and firelight, beholden to the desert 26

Summer: the pink fungus on rocks 27

Sonogram 28

Sonogram 29

The humanity ghost 30

Glory be 32

Horizontal lightining 34

Sonogram 35

In the dream you were the horse 36

Sonogram 37

Baby I want to give you something invisible you motherfucker 38

The last question of snow & childhood 39

Self-portrait as a butter-churner 41

Snuggery 42

Fink, Punk, Nincompoop, Honky-tonk, Sunlight, Sunnysideup 43

To be breathed-in by a god 44

Glory be 46

Horses 48

By silence 49

Pandemonium 50

Quickening 51

Reconcile 52

Primagravida 53

Unloose 54

Making love in the middle of May 55

Inlaid 57

Call 58

Glory be 60

Phoenix spring sunshine 62

Summer in Phoenix: an answer to the vanishing god 63

Sunlight is orange through blood 64

June 65

Fandango, triple-time 66

Saint-star, itching-pea 67

Apartment building named Fontanel 68

The heartstone beads 69

Green moon 70

Return, return, return (Jimenez); Contact! Contact! (Thoreau) 71

Hail holy 73

Notes 75

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