by Jill Osier


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Poetry. Jill Osier, winner of the 2017 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, returns to Bull City Press with a new chapbook.

"These poems shine with the deep intelligence of gentleness and of a quiet, sustained concern. To read them is to be reminded of Robert Creeley's passionate advocacy of Hart Crane, a passion that reached crescendo in the exclamation (in a letter to Charles Olson) 'Dammit, isn't that gentle!' Here is a poet whose primary commitment is to attention, a poet who simultaneously understands and avows that attention is now and ever shall be the vivid prime of Love. I neither blush nor hesitate to say that such avowal is literally angelic. This poet's 'Requiem' gently but unequivocally proposes point-of-view as an angelic imperative, gentle on its very face: 'Try / to remember the smell of sun through it all. It's / a rare courtship.' Love courts attention, and attention in return is both courted and empowered by love. The upshot? 'There was a beating / of silence then, until it was a new quiet...' It is the bright substance of this 'new quiet' I am happy to welcome and to acknowledge. It is surely the peaceable frontier of joy."--Donald Revell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495178757
Publisher: Bull City Press
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 30
Sales rank: 1,211,737
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Jill Osier is the author of FROM (Bull City Press), winner of the 2017 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, and Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White (Bull City Press), winner of the 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition, as well as a letterpress chapbook, Bedful of Nebraskas (sunnyoutside).

Table of Contents

Small Town 3

Some Roads in Iowa 4

This Field Wasn't Always a Field 5

Edge of the World 6

Some Roads in Iowa (II) 7

From 8

Grip 9

Lake Saganaga 10

Of Unseat Letters, One 11

Kansas 12

The Horses Are Fighting 14

Mars 15

Relume 17

River 18

Ice Boat Notes 20

September 21

The Solace Is Not the Lullaby But That Anything Can Be a Lullaby 22

Pony 23

The Rain Falls Far 24

Brother 25

They're Saying Now That Feathers Are Mostly Light, That Wings Are Mostly Not There 26

Vespers 27

Requiem 28

Shell Rock Song 29

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