by Dora Malech


by Dora Malech


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In Flourish, multiple meanings catch light—as the leaves of growing things might, or the facets of cut gemstones, or a signal mirror flashing in distress. These poems explore themes of thriving, growth, innovation, and survival, while immersing the reader in the pleasures of language itself—the “flourish” of linguistic gesture, play, form, turn, and adornment.
Here, the lens zooms in and out to micro and macro levels, asking us to see the familiar with new eyes. The collection engages with the materials of the worlds we inhabit—natural worlds and those of our own making—and a full spectrum of poetry’s own materials, building worlds of words and illuminating the shadowed terrain of our interior landscapes as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887486555
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Series: Carnegie Mellon University Press Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dora Malech is assistant professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of three books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Best American Poetry, and numerous other publications. She lives in Baltimore.

Table of Contents

Party Games 11

Country Songs 13

Lake Roland Park 14

Uprising 15

America: That Feeling When 16

Unconditional 18

I Now Pronounce You 19

Late Lullaby 22

"Thousands are gathered outside the interior ministry …" 23

Flight Map 24

Personal Device 25

Progress 29

Nominal Nocturne 31

Aubade 32

The Aquarium 33

Echo 35

Euscorpius italicus 37

Peter Piper Speaks and Spells 38

Little Offer 40

Working Order 41

Running in Autumn 43

Rats 44

Catoctin Mountain Park 46

Maximum Security 48

Minerals, Mine 50

With Distinction(s) 52

Come Again 55

Each year 57

The Gods Before Me 58

Forced Perspective 59

Still Life 61

To the You of Ten Years Ago, Now 62

Humility & Co. 63

Caldo 64

Dear Reader- 67

'The Garden of Eloquence 68

Portami il girasole … 70

Parade 71

For Eleza 75

Neighborhood Watch 77

Notes Toward a Thank-You 79

Wind and Flags 81

As I gather 83

Gratitude 87

On the fence 88

Four Weeks 89

Flourish 90

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