Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods: Poems

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“[Paula] Bohince is more naturalist than romantic, meaning that her poems above all honor their dark side, their realism, their edge.”—Stanley Plumly

Spanning decades and set on a decrepit farm, Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods begins with a speaker invoking her dead father. As details are gradually uncovered, we learn the father was murdered by a trusted laborer.

Paula Bohince has received a “Discovery”/The Nation Award in 2007, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and grants from ...

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Overview

“[Paula] Bohince is more naturalist than romantic, meaning that her poems above all honor their dark side, their realism, their edge.”—Stanley Plumly

Spanning decades and set on a decrepit farm, Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods begins with a speaker invoking her dead father. As details are gradually uncovered, we learn the father was murdered by a trusted laborer.

Paula Bohince has received a “Discovery”/The Nation Award in 2007, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and grants from the Puffin and the Ludwig Vogelstein foundations. In 2008, Bohince will be the Amy Clampitt Resident Fellow in Massachusetts. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932511628
  • Publisher: Sarabande Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bohince grew up in rural Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and New York University's Graduate Creative Writing Program. Additional poems are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Yale Review. She received a "Discovery"/The Nation Award in 2007. She has taught at New York University, The New School, and elsewhere.

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Table of Contents

Prayer 3

Landscape with Sheep and Deer 4

Where Radio Fails 6

Trespass 7

Black Lamb 8

Hide Out 10

Acrostic: Mementos 12

Longlegs 13

Silhouette 14

Acrostic: Outhouse 16

Spirits at the Edge of Bayonet Woods 17

Johnstown 19

Quarry 20

Oriole 21

Brutally, the Robin 23

The Apostles 27

The Gospel According to Lucas 29

The Fish of Galilee 31

Eating Fish in Pittsburgh 32

The Fatherless Room 34

Cleaning My Father's House 35

Acrostic: Geese in Snow 36

First Day of the Hunt 37

The Gospel According to Paul 39

Acrostic for My Father 40

Photographing the Moths 41

When I Think of Love 42

The Gospel According to John 43

Clinging 44

Still Life with Needle 47

Toward Happiness 49

Idle Hours 51

Farm Triptych 52

Pond 54

White Trumpets 57

Drive-In: The Wizard of Oz 58

Watching Lightning Strike the Walnut 60

Adoration of the Easter Lamb 61

Resurrection 62

The Fly 63

Heaven 64

Charity 65

Acknowledgments 69

The Author 71

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