Whethering

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Poetry. Winner of the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry. "With trenchantpolitical and philosophical repercussions, Morrison's poems cut throughthe constraints of systematic thought to articulate gestural meanings,powerful rivulets of suggestion and sensibility that reopen the worldand wound of being"--Forrest Gander. "WHETHERING demands that itsreader wake into what are already only the traces of language's making.From its first page, this book variously implores and compels languageto move from desire to the ...
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Overview


Poetry. Winner of the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry. "With trenchantpolitical and philosophical repercussions, Morrison's poems cut throughthe constraints of systematic thought to articulate gestural meanings,powerful rivulets of suggestion and sensibility that reopen the worldand wound of being"--Forrest Gander. "WHETHERING demands that itsreader wake into what are already only the traces of language's making.From its first page, this book variously implores and compels languageto move from desire to the real"--Elizabeth Robinson. "WHETHERING is whathappens when the sensual world interacts with the word, when knowledgebows gratefully to perception. Such a brief, rare, unexpected musicensues: "the artery / of a lark's cry"--Gillian Conoley.

Winner of the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry

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"In agile lines that canyon-open, exposing an unfashionable, edgy sinceritas, Rusty Morrison explores the intertwining of life and language in quiet, gorgeous meditations inflected by barn swallows. Whethering leads us into a shapely attentiveness to those particular others human, animal, vegetal that situate our affectual and perceptual experience and call us to find our 'way again and again/ outside the one thing.' With trenchant political and philosophical repercussions, Morrison's poems cut through the constraints of systematic thought to articulate gestural meanings, powerful rivulets of suggestion and sensibility that reopen the world and wound of being."
- Forrest Gander, author of Torn Awake and Science & Steepleflower

"What happens when the sensual world interacts with the word, when knowledge bows gratefully to perception, is Whethering. Such a brief, rare, unexpected music ensues: the artery/ of a lark's cry."
-Gillian Conoley, author of Lovers in the Used World and Beckon

"Whethering demands that its reader wake into what are already only the traces of languageĀ”'s making. From its first page, this book variously implores and compels language to move from desire to the real, the hind leg of every thought / always crouched, / a leap / to outlast the visible / this stalking sky. This trying to fix / with intention' is a dangerous endeavor, but Morrison is alert, gutsy, and agile."
-Elizabeth Robinson, author of Apprehend and Pure Descent

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885635075
  • Publisher: Center for Literary Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/8/2004
  • Series: Colorado Prize for Poetry Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Rusty Morrison co-won the 2003 Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Award and also the Five Fingers Review Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Conjunctions, New American Writing, Pleiades, and elsewhere.
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Table of Contents

Climate conditional (morning forecast) 3
Escape sequence 4
Field notes : 1-6 6
Making space 9
Climate conditional (evening forecast) 14
Risk sequence 15
Field notes : 7-12 16
The sporadic-proverbial grasp 19
Sky sequence 24
Window (closed) 25
Field notes : 13-16 26
Lost sequence 28
Of angle, more than matter 29
Mistake sequence 34
Climate conditional (oncoming twilight) 35
Caution sequence 36
Positions of the dance 38
Climate conditional (late watch) 47
Morning sequence 49
Field notes : 17-20 51
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