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Friends and Assassins: Poems

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In the powerful poems of her fifth collection, Heather Ross Miller reveals the traps in daily life, especially those set for the innocent and the cautious - poisoned tap water, a date turned to rape, oppressive domesticity. One poem deals with the brutality of butterfly collecting and ends with a woman caught in a net, unable to breathe. In another, man-eating plants catch and devour those who pass too close. Some of the victims in Friends and Assassins contemplate the pleasures of revenge, some go beyond ...
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In the powerful poems of her fifth collection, Heather Ross Miller reveals the traps in daily life, especially those set for the innocent and the cautious - poisoned tap water, a date turned to rape, oppressive domesticity. One poem deals with the brutality of butterfly collecting and ends with a woman caught in a net, unable to breathe. In another, man-eating plants catch and devour those who pass too close. Some of the victims in Friends and Assassins contemplate the pleasures of revenge, some go beyond contemplation, but all of them gain strength by confronting the truth. With deceptively simple language and moments of wry humor, Miller sketches the dimensions of danger around us all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826208293
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Seventh Grades 3
Tap Water 4
Loss of Memory 5
In Danger 6
Sister Narcissus, Twin Death 7
Marooned 8
Dorothy Alice Receives the Word 9
Full Color 10
What You See in the Mirror 11
In the Natural Course of Things 12
November 11 in England, Remembrance Day 13
Missing Persons 15
Running in Place 16
Good Things 21
Christmas Gothic 22
Hiking the Narrows 23
Delight 25
Effective Lures 26
Road Kill 27
Dressing the Loom 29
Cloudless Sulfur, Swallowtail, Great Spangled Fritillary 30
Target 31
Forecast 32
Goat Man & Girl 33
Inventory 35
The Care and Feeding of Infants 39
The Eagle 41
Hot Air Balloon 43
Birthday 45
Young Woman in the Shoe 47
Screech Owl 48
The Dying Off of Your Menfolks, Uncles and Fathers, Brothers, Husbands, and Sons 49
Brown Turkey Figs, a Temptation 51
Good Colds 52
Camera Obscura, the Last Morning 53
Thoreau at Night 55
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