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A collection of poetry by Colette Inez.
About the Author
COLETTE INEZ is the author of eight books of poetry and has been widely published and anthologized. Among many other honors she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pushcart Prize and a Reedy Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. Currently an associate professor on the faculty of Columbia University’s Writing Program, she has also taught at Ohio and Bucknell Universities, The New School, Hunter College, Kalamazoo College and Denison University.
Table of Contents
Refrain for My Sires • A Story • I Describe My Parents Before They Know They Have Made Me Come True • The Play of Lovers • How Did They Recognize Autumn in the Dark of the City? • The Telling • Hybrid Song • Orphanage Sisters • Monday’s Children • Friday at the Institute • Last Trolley Stop, Brussels • Found Child • Mirror Story • Journeys • Royal Coaches Taking the Queen • Blood Relations • The Music Box • It Didn’t Serve Us Right • Old Woman Out of Iowa • Dee’s Migraines • Waves at Lakeside • Grandmother and Child are Set to Listen on Sunday Nights • The Return Oxford Meeting • In Every Sense Corrective Ink Is Running Out • Word Circuits, Solitary • Ghazals for October • Mother Song • My Mother and Cartography • Lady in the Stacks • Thinking of My Parisian Mother’s Discretion (Only Her Confessor Knows) in Not Telling Her Sister or Hardly Anyone About My Birth • The House of Dreams • Second Visit • Marthe’s Almanac • Writing Letters to My Mother • Hands • Day Visitor, Susquehanna University • My Mother’s Counsels • A Fairy Tale Country of Palaces • Reveries While Landing on the Coast • My Father in the West • My Father in a Garden • My Priest Father’s Words • My Father and the Lord of Null • Dream Shore • Clemency • Valery Joins Me and My Newfound Cousin in Nerac • In My Cousin’s Apartment, Paris 1994, Two Years After My Mother’s Death • The Wig of Liliane • A Place at the Table • Gascon Voices Things Dream of Their Likenesses and Needs • The Perseid Meteors of August • August Atoms • Maunderings at Lammastide • Hard Muse • Moth Dream of My Late Therapist • In Praise of Outlines • Encounter at the Jardins Botaniques • In a Garden • Teaching Junior High at Castle Hill • Confounded Song • Consolation of Blood and Irises • Fire in the Prairie • Transformations
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