Animal Purpose: Poems

Animal Purpose: Poems

by Michelle Y. Burke

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2015 Winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize

In Animal Purpose, Michelle Y. Burke explores the lives of men and women as they stand poised between the desire to love and the compulsion to harm. In one poem, a woman teaches a farmhand the proper way to slaughter a truckload of chickens. In another, a couple confronts the recent loss of a loved one when a stranger makes an unexpected confession in a crowded restaurant. Set in both rural and urban spaces, these poems challenge received ideas about work, gender, and place. Danger blurs into beauty and back again. Burke scours the hard edges of the world to find “fleeting softness,” which she wishes “into the world like pollen that covers everything.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821445488
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Series: Hollis Summers Poetry Prize
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 88
File size: 900 KB

About the Author

Michelle Y. Burke is also the author of Horse Loquela, winner of the Red Mountain Review Chapbook Series Award. She lives in New York City with her husband, the writer Douglas Watson, and their daughter.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Contents One Today the Horse Not by Extraordinary Means First Engagement Dear One Flight Path A Life Horses in Brooklyn Pacifisms Two On the Prospect of Heaven Inchworm Sweet Girl Saints and Martyrs Lives of the Artists Home Economics Flood Zone Here Three Homing Four Puff Dante Park Narcissus Ghost Horse This Neighborhood Driving Alone Upon Giving My Grandmother’s Chair to My Brother Trick of the Light Zalar’s Carousel Horses Five Market Day Nocturne Last Light Diameter Intensity as Violist Farmer’s Daughter Wishing Stones Notes

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