Fire Wheel

Overview


The poems in Fire Wheel dip in and out of family history and myth; the subjects of its poems are as varied as Helen of Troy, and Audrey, a Fury who makes her rounds at Laundromats, proclaiming the coming Armageddon. ""I, too, am manmade, born of rib and / rayon,"" says Audrey, ""and I’ll tell you just what / your’e not above."" By turns elegiac and humorous, Fire Wheel’s poems also question the nature of family and identity. In ""Poem for My Father, Once a Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Now an Ascetic"" a daughter ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (6) from $8.05   
  • Used (7) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$8.05
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(10055)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
New Book. Shipped from US within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000

Ships from: Secaucus, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$15.30
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(4442)

Condition: New
New Book. Shipped from UK within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$27.35
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(17465)

Condition: New
Brand New, Perfect Condition, Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Westminster, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$27.36
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(860)

Condition: New
1931968217 Brand New. Exact book as advertised. Delivery in 4-14 business days (not calendar days). We are not able to expedite delivery.

Ships from: Romulus, MI

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$39.50
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
New Satisfaction Guaranteed. Prompt customer service. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you ... will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Montrouge, France

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$41.25
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(7)

Condition: New
2005 Perfect Paperback New Book New and in stock. 3/30/2005. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is ... necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Morden, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview


The poems in Fire Wheel dip in and out of family history and myth; the subjects of its poems are as varied as Helen of Troy, and Audrey, a Fury who makes her rounds at Laundromats, proclaiming the coming Armageddon. ""I, too, am manmade, born of rib and / rayon,"" says Audrey, ""and I’ll tell you just what / your’e not above."" By turns elegiac and humorous, Fire Wheel’s poems also question the nature of family and identity. In ""Poem for My Father, Once a Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Now an Ascetic"" a daughter reflects on her father, a man who abandons his family in search of spiritual enlightenment. ""In which sage life/ will I find you?"" she asks. ""My Suicide Uncles"" traces the crossing of immigrants between the old country and the new, and its sometimes devastating results. Whether the poems are about circus sideshow performers, delinquents, or mythic figures, the poems of Fire Wheel try to blend the real with the imagined, to find the place where the two worlds intersect to create an ever-shifting borderland of the self.

"Collection of original poems by Sharmila Voorakkara"--Provided by publisher.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931968218
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Pages: 89
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharmila Voorakkara, a native of New Jersey, earned an M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow. A recipient of a Hall Poetry Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, she is now an assistant professor of English at Ohio University. Fire Wheel is her first book.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Tow 1
The holy men of Jersey 3
Poem to my father, once a vacuum cleaner salesman, now an ascetic 5
Tin man 8
My suicide uncles 13
Dogs 16
In a lost language 17
Amanuensis 18
Ophelia among the fish 21
Saint breakdown 23
Helen of Troy 27
Menelaus 28
Helen tells all 29
Life with Paris 31
Epilogue 32
Monologue of the vanishing woman 33
Mercy 34
The world's smallest woman speaks 36
Talking to myself 38
Bread and Cinderella 40
Audrey, the laundromat fury, says 42
His 44
The orchard's daughter 46
I grow lighter at night 47
Cleaning 49
Dusk 51
Reflections on Toledo, black and white plate, page 518 in The history of Europe 52
Luck 55
For the tattooed man 57
The beneficence of spinning bodies 58
Palmer method 60
For Herman, second grade 61
Mr. Hatpin, meet Ms. Mannequin 62
Bridgewalker 63
Still life with falling garbage 64
Kicking the dog 67
They got all-nite Muzak playing at the strip mall 70
The transvestite and his mother 71
Brother zero 72
Men in white suits 73
On Atlantis 74
Freaks 77
Man with baseball bat 78
Ditch music 80
Goat's head godhead 81
The monologues men draw 82
Big sky, little man 83
The flight of the insurance men 84
Apology 85
Emissaries from other worlds 87
The last nickel dance 88
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)