Crocus / Edition 2

Crocus / Edition 2

by Karin Gottshall
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Fordham University Press


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Crocus / Edition 2


Aligned with the mechanism whereby the spirit is borne aloft through song comes again

the question: whether. And not soothed so much as opened by the boy soprano’s Sanctus, what moves

in the mind as the throat constricts in sympathy, one note peeled from the last, fine as paper slipped

from a garlic bulb, veined,
translucent, is whether—as if wound through the spiraling

amplitude, purpled, fretted,
one voice suspended in concentration of prayer or terror

wills itself above faltering,
more perfect since time must soon break it. And made it.

Whether and by whatever impossible arrangement of stars, harmonies,
correspondences through which

the music finds the spirit and like a blade slits and releases,
circulates the question

through the phrase, the delicate engine—as if it matters: the song rises, everything goes with it.

The poems in Crocus take as their starting points the interior universes created by myth, art, and memory, and through the exploration of these terrains create new ways of understanding the ordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823227310
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Series: Poets Out Loud Series
Edition description: 2
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

KARIN GOTTSHALL was recently writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and in many other publications. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

Table of Contents

The Exile's Tale     3
Threshold     5
Echo     7
The Ghost     8
The Lure of the Exotic     9
The Raspberry Room     10
Our Lady of the Briars     11
The Otter     12
I was in bed all day with the sun     13
Insomnia     14
Inheritance     15
Keeping House     16
The Older Man     18
The Talaria     19
Pot Washing at Le Lapin d'Or     21
A Fable     22
The Revenant     25
The Bog Body     26
Mallards     28
Whether     29
Roanoke     31
The Riddle     32
Through and Through Me     34
Cold Front     35
Unborn     36
Summer     37
The Stone     38
Tender     40
The Ministry of Snow     41
The Ashes     42
A Walking Tour     43
The Lost World     44
The Current     49
The Alice Experiment     51
Blizzard     57
Let's hold it again to the light     59
The Creation of Rain     60
Despite Myself     61
Unreliable Clock     63
The Grassland     64
At the Window     66
Describing the Bliss     67

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