Fetch, Muse: Poems

Fetch, Muse: Poems

by Rebecca Starks

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Fetch, Muse, Rebecca Starks second full-length collection of poetry, is a powerful account of events revolving around adopting, living with, and ultimately giving up a dog. In precisely crafted and moving poems of compassionate care, of sacrifice and inclusion, the accounts are by turns heartwarming and heartrending-how the dog Kismet was integrated into and became an important and beloved member of the family, and, ultimately lost, "memory burning [her] into brilliance." Along the way, understanding deepens of the dog as an individual, of our wilder inclinations, guiding toward a more informed attitude, to warmth given and received. This is a unique collection of longing and introspection, uncovering a closer sense of the life around us, our inner nature, our humanity.

PRAISE FOR FETCH, MUSE

This book shows that the range of feelings that goes into taking on and then giving up a dog is as deep and wide an emotional swath as any we experience as people, which is to say non-dogs. The insights, confusions, misgivings, wary moments, and entangled joys are all here along with a steady self-scrutiny. We forget, we let go, but we don't forget the deep tie between dogs and humans and how crucial yet fraught that tie is. Fetch, Muse offers poetry of a very high order to apprehend matters that are basic to our flawed, yearning humanity.

- Baron Wormser, Maine Poet Laureate Emeritus, author of Tom o' Vietnam

What brims from this elegant collection? A sorrow both compassionate and contemplative, a sorrow wise and deep. Here, Rebecca Starks gives us poems spoken in direct address to her rescued dog named Kismet. "Fetch, Muse," she says, commanding the dog to ". . . do the work / of memory, dropping life at my feet . . ." And Kismet obeys. In mostly subverted, non-traditional sonnets, Starks's poems retrieve from memory the story of a rescue that is fated to ultimately fail. Rich with allusion, her work-with its wit and insight and music-salvages for us the story of her relationship with a creature whose very name means fate.

- Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, author of Understory

Fetch, Muse is a book of real poems with a real subject, a subject which is difficult to tackle successfully, and Rebecca Starks achieves that success. The poems, mostly unrhymned sonnets, muse on her wayward dog and on her family life. The dog is her true muse. There are many great lines I could quote, but here is the beginning line of a typical sonnet "Fetch, Muse, bring me back what I rejected," and ends with this memorable final line, "your fetch as long as your leash pulls you up." Powerful.

- Greg Delanty, Guggenheim Fellow, author of No More Time

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rebecca Starks grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in English from Stanford University. She works as a freelance editor and workshop leader. Her first book of poems, Time Is Always Now, was a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Baltimore Review, Ocean State Review, Slice Literary, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Winner of Rattle's 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor and past winner of Poetry Northwest's Richard Hugo Prize, she is the founding editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review and is a board member of Sundog Poetry Center. She lives with her family and two adopted dogs in a log cabin in the woods of Richmond, Vermont.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773490557
Publisher: Able Muse Press
Publication date: 11/26/2021
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Starks grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in English from Stanford University. She works as a freelance editor and workshop leader. Her first book of poems, Time Is Always Now, was a finalist for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Baltimore Review, Ocean State Review, Slice Literary, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Winner of Rattle's 2018 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor and past winner of Poetry Northwest's Richard Hugo Prize, she is the founding editor-in-chief of Mud Season Review and is a board member of Sundog Poetry Center. She lives with her family and two adopted dogs in a log cabin in the woods of Richmond, Vermont.

Table of Contents

Contents

vi Acknowledgments

I Dog

5 Hear, Muse

7 First Walk

8 Origin Story

9 Fixed

10 Flawed

11 Inclusion

12 The Catch

13 The Other End of the Leash

14 Flooding

15 Default Setting

16 Of Dogs' Obedience

17 Night Vision

18 Mount Hood

20 Blueprint

21 Detour

22 Wasted Wish

II Child

25 Misconception

26 Shades of the Prison-House

27 Fledgling

28 Law of Motion

29 Training Session

30 Mortal Taste

32 Fate by Any Other Name

33 Voice Control

35 More Happy, Happy Love

36 Bad Science 101

37 Time Lapse

38 Fetch, Muse

39 Surrogate

40 Greek Chorus

41 That Other Fall

42 Prayer

III Muse

45 "Dogs Don't Know Right or Wrong, Just Safe and Unsafe"

46 Sad Music

47 Dogmatic

48 Tempo Rubato

49 Buyer, Beware

51 True Love

52 Muse, Muse

53 Know Thyself

54 Even in Memory It Feels Too Sudden

55 Empty Nest

56 Orpheus Looks Back

59 Harvest Moon

60 Double Negative

62 Dream Sequence

63 Darkroom

64 What Ego

67 Notes

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