Instructions for My Mother's Funeral

Instructions for My Mother's Funeral

by Laura Read

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This collection is divided into three sections. The first opens with the speaker’s reflections on her childhood loss of her father and subsequent move to a new house and a new life, a life in which she is always alert to the absences and danger but also a life in which she begins to see language as a kind of salvation. This section also develops the speaker’s first knowledge of sex, primarily in the poems, “The Goose Girl” and “A Woman Was Raped Here.” The second section follows the speaker into adolescence and young adulthood, and these poems further explore the sexual violence in the world in which the speaker lives, and how this violence affects her own feelings toward sex and romantic love. In the third section, the book finds love, work, and family, and the poems in this section about motherhood echo back to the first section as the speaker’s own parenting is influenced by how difficult it is to love when you know people die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822978442
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Laura Read teaches composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Spokane Falls Community College. She has published poems in a variety of journals, most recently in Rattle, Mississippi Review, Third Wednesday, and Bellingham Review. Her chapbook, The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You, was the 2010 winner of the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award.

Table of Contents

Contents The Pearl I The Door Flies Open Nocturnal This Time We'll Go to Kentucky Fried Chicken Coney Island, 1977 The Blue Dress with the Daisies We Move to a House Where He Never Lived The Goose Girl Penny Poker May 18, 1980 When She Married Him "A Woman Was Raped Here" Cecilia After the Hysterectomy Elegy with Carousel and Doorknob Cefalu Ars Poetica II The Deaf Girls Hide and Seek Donut Parade Flight Muddy Waters Mr. Birdsell, Room 108 Even Though I Know the Door to Our Compartment Won't Lock Salt of the Earth Wyoming Seatac In Paris Women Walk in the Dark July The Big Dipper Menlo The Flower Horses Paper Clothes Watching Oksana III Merge Instructions for My Mother's Funeral Long Distance You Flew across the Map For the Bible Tells Me So Something about Winning Community College 'The Little Mermaid', the Long Version For Matthew, Who Doesn't Love the Sea The House on the North Stevens How to Be Sad At the Chicago Art Institute, My Mother Tells Me to Write a Poem about Jeanette About a Baby Trying to Contact Neil Diamond Acknowledgments

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