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Brief Moral History in Blue

Brief Moral History in Blue

by Beth Roberts


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ISBN-13: 9781930974074
Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Series: New Issues Press Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 54
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

BETH ROBERTS was born in Chicago but spent most of her early years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She received a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and her M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Her poems have been published in Black Warrior Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, New England Review, and elsewhere. She won an individual artist’s fellowship in 1999 from the Illinois Arts Council. Beth Roberts works as a freelance writer and lives in Illinois.

Table of Contents

Horseshoe Crab5
Lives of Things6
In the Garden7
Tutti Frutti9
Keep House10
Late Orpheus and Recent Eurydice12
The Orbit of Love13
A Little Suspicion14
Thelma and Louise Saving Privates15
The Zone at the End of Summer16
The Narrow Escape18
Your Keep20
Burned House21
Something to Burn22
Blue Tick23
Crash Course25
Mise en Scene26
Mind Makeup27
Year's End28
Near Miss29
The Real Thing30
Tangential North32
Raised Up34
Desire Right35
The Cutting Edge36
Moon over the Time 'n Space Drive-in37
Learning to Spell38
Give it Up39
Could You Find it in Your Heart41
A Thing of Beauty42
First Map45
God's Country46
Scene, Not Heard49
True to Form50
Brief Moral History in Blue51
Loss Glossary (Abbrev.)52
Perfect Machine54

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Mark Levine

“‘On a day fresh as a haircut’ writes Beth Roberts, ‘I left the family for the field. / I looked hard for the body.’ This is a book of setting out, of looking for the body––familial, sexual, spiritual, poetic––from which we were somehow, long ago, severed. These poems inhabit, unflinchingly, the “invented and inflicted holes” of a consciousness that is by turns grieving, ironic, self-lacerating, celebratory. Roberts' faith in the renovating powers of lyric tradition is as anxious as it is necessary. This book is gorgeous and true.”

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