Dangerous Bodies

Dangerous Bodies

by Charlotte Gould Warren


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With deceptively pellucid language, Dangerous Bodies offers, in poem after poem, precise, jewel-like crystallizations of understanding that illuminate the craggy and often harrowing emotional terrain of a family gone wrong.  Out of abandonment and incest, the wounded child turns to the long building of a self she can rightfully claim as her own. 

Knowing that "Closeness and distance / are all that we can be sure of", Warren successfully navigates the road from indictment of her father —"All your life you were generous and ruined, / and you took us with you." — to the astonishingly merciful "It’s no one’s fault, this life."

In meeting up with a small shorebird that regularly travels 20,000 miles a year from Africa to Alaska and the Arctic, Warren finds a perfect analog to her own poems: "song precariously perched; witness / against the barrens of space".  Through lovingly learning the names and life patterns of creatures and plants native to her part of the world, she shows us how we, too, can more fully anchor ourselves in a fundamentally nourishing reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622881390
Publisher: Stephen F. Austin University Press
Publication date: 11/07/2016
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

CHARLOTTE GOULD WARREN'S poetry collection, Gandhi’s Lap, won the Washington Prize and publication by Word Works in Washington, D.C.  Previous manuscripts have been finalists in the Phillip Levine and Ashland national contests. Her poems have appeared on Seattle buses as well as in journals such as Orion, Calyx, The Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Louisville Review, and Kansas Quarterly  Warren received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College, and taught part time at Peninsula College in Washington State.  She and her husband have called the Olympic Peninsula home for over fifty years, have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

Table of Contents

I A Stretch of Days

Honeymoon 15

Mo to Guzzi 17

Recurrence 19

Degas Bronzes 20

March 21

Crossroads 22

September 23

Canyon Country 24

First Tree 26

Two Weeks 27

After Love Making 29

The Sea 30

II Apache Tears

Coal and Honey 33

Families 36

Apache Tears 37

The Tree Sways 39

Too Close to Home 40

What the Tree Knows 42

Leaving the Sun 43

Thin Ice 45

Note 47

Morning Glory 48

The Critic 50

Lilies of the Valley 51

Dangerous Bodies 53

III Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler 59

The River Sheenjek 60

Mt. Baker 62

Alcan 63

Life fine 65

Rivers 66

Trees 67

Glaucous 68

Spring 69

IV Blue Dragonflies

Walking In On Colors 73

Crows & Raccoons 74

To Afghan Families I've Never Met 75

Browsing 77

Brown Creeper 78

The Watercolorist's Wife 79

D'Anjou 81

The Longer I Watch 82

Hills 83

Pine Whites 84

Summer Pears 85

Stepping Stones 86

V The Blaze of Their Wings

Pedaling His Bike to a Blur 89

Grass Seeds 91

Phosphorescence 92

Neither Measuring the World Nor Saving It 93

"Caution! This table Sand Bluffs Beyond Fence Line" 94

Cleaning the Counter 96

You Decided to Live 97

Stepping Carefully Over the Icy Deck 99

Dungeness Bay 100

Quotidian 101

Sons 102

Dark Coming On 103

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