Instructions, Abject & Fuming

Instructions, Abject & Fuming

by Julianna Baggott

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809335732
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Julianna Baggott is the author of over twenty books, three of which are collections of poetry—This Country of Mothers, Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees, and Lizzie Borden in Love. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Poetry, Agni, and the Southern Review, and been read on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. She teaches in the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts and holds the Jenks Chair of Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross.

Table of Contents


Your World Is Harder than Mine: Instructions for Children Heading Off to School 3

Instructions for Our Children, Living among Internet Enemies 4

Today-Bored, Puckered, Lonesome-I Would Like to Order a Russian Internet Bride: A Trisonetto 5

The Sonetto of Accidental Inventions 7

This Deathy World 8

Poem to Your Wound 9

A Double Sonetto for Pyloric Stenosis 11

Claustrophobia: The Closet's Perspective 13

Agoraphobia: The Great Outdoors' Perspective 14

Taxidermy: A Translucent Love Poem 15

Lice: A Mother-Daughter Love Poem 17

A Fibrous Asbestos Sonetto 18

Today, I Turn to Stretch Armstrong for Comfort 19

Sermon on the Mount Today at My Failing Kmart: A Broken Sonetto 21

After Having Sex on Palm Sunday, Some Clarity 22

My Enemy, Unloved, Has Only Struck One of My Cheeks: An Interrupted Sonetto 23

I Consider Doubting Thomas at Pet Kare in a Sonetto and a Half 24

Envy the Atheist in Sonetto 25

I Am Not in the Wilderness but at Home, Weak and Thankless in Double Sonetto 26


To My Lover, concerning the Yird-Swine 31

Today, Worn and Broke't, I Make Demands of My Lover 32

For Furious Nursing Baby 33

Burial Instructions-Abject & Fuming 34

Concerning My Lover, the Ogerhunch 35

To My Lover, concerning the Shaking of the Bladder Rattle at the Maid's Baby 36

To the Rumor-Monger amongst Us 37

Happy Little Death Threats 38

To My Lover, Phrenology Hobbyist 39

To My Lover, about His Bouffege Eating of Meats 40

To My Lover, about His Derelict Neglect of the Gate-Lock 41

To My Lover, concerning a Cure for Barn Swallow Mites 42

To My Lover, My 'Klept 43

To My Lover, His Hair Thick with Bear Grease 44

For My Lover, upon My Impending Death 46


The Practice of Being a Lamb 49

Jesus Wants to Explain the Body to His Father 50

Jesus Explain[s] His Father 52

Mary Magdalene and the Lost Body 54

Of Poor Spirit 55

In Rooms with Baby 56

Aquarium: Love Poem #1 57

Aquarium: Love Poem #2 58

Today, There Is No Time, Only Squalling Squalor 59

Don't Take Up with the Married Man 60

If You Do Not Eat Enough Omega-3 while Pregnant, the Baby Will Steal It from Your Brain 61

I Prefer the Earlier You-Dear Reader 62

On the Masochistic Need for Criticism 63

For the Blind Botanist's Wife 64

Today, You Leave Me to Go to the Store, but I'm Sure You Won't Come Back 65

Today-Hauling a Family on My Back-1 Think of Fitzgerald's Exquisite Crack-Up: A Resistant Sonetto 67

Interviewers Ask How I Do It 70

As Men Relinquish Their Manliness 71

America-Let Me Be Your Gravedigger: A Disfigured Sonetto 72

When the Girl Becomes the Bear 73

Acknowledgments 75

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