Goodbye, Flicker: Poems

Goodbye, Flicker: Poems

by Carmen Gimenez Smith

Paperback

$16.95
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, January 21

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558499492
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Series: Juniper Prize for Poetry Series
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 976,131
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carmen Giménez Smith is the publisher of Noemi Press, the editor-in-chief of Puerto del Sol, and an assistant professor in the MFA program in creative writing at New Mexico State University. She is the author of two previous collections of poetry—Odalisque in Pieces and The City She Was—and a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds.

Table of Contents

OneWe Shall Now Hear What Happened... 3Owl Bits and Bits... 5Backstory... 6Hungry Office... 7If You Only Knew... 8What In Was... 9Stepsister... 10Goblin Schoo... 11The Tales She Wrote... 13The Beast... 14Half-House... 15The Prince... 16Theory Report... 17The Poem of Mirrors  18Natasha's Chip... 20Young Slave... 21What Out... 22What Rage Was... 23Thorny... 24Outside Source... 25Hans Hated Girls... 26Refrain... 27To Become an Exemplary Girl... 28Natasha's Got Hackles... 29Mother, Mother... 30The Sliver Poet Returns... 31Bit Part... 33Birds and Old Women... 34

TwoPost... 36Something Like a Lament Today... 37Princess Madhouse... 38What Falling Was... 39Bluebeard... 40The River... 41Where... 43Into the Tower... 44Academy... 46Off... 47Catastrophic Dreaming... 48Sliver Poet's Indictment... 49Refrain Two... 50Inside the Parabola... 51The Pulling of Butterfly Wings... 52For the Potion... 53Thumbkin... 54And the Return... 55How Owl Girl decided to emigrate and the consequences of her first attempt... 57The Renegade Fairy at Beauty's Ball... 58Frog at the Moment of Impact... 59True Events... 60The Soft Landing... 61Natasha's Departure... 62Tongue-Cut Sparrow... 63No more dying then... 64

Notes... 65Acknowledgments... 67

What People are Saying About This

Dana Levin

Open Goodbye, Flicker and enter the world of Owl Girl, Natasha, the Sliver Poet, 'the most prolific girl in school,' a girl 'poor / lazy / clever / long and golden,' facing always the eternal choice: 'boy or liberty.' It's as if Giménez Smith threw a stone called 'girl' into the pond of psyche — a psyche both personal and collective — and these are the ripples. The magic needle becomes the tool to 'look store-bought,' the golden key the means to wait on 'jordaches and polos, / husband and coin.' The archetypal and the daily — its engine of class, race and gender — come fully forward in this terrific book, where lyric and narrative modes play, where 'Tale is a world / of condition,' where every She seeks to change her story.

Dara Wier

Carmen Giménez Smith's Goodbye, Flicker takes on poetry, family, myth, fairy tale, memory, love, history, and our plain ordinary human stories. Magic and invention are taken for granted. Cómo se dice is what all poems say. Giménez Smith happens to say so with deliverance and desire that can break into anyone's heart.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews