Land of Fire

Land of Fire

by Mario Chard


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Poetry. Drama. Winner of the Dorset Prize, selected by Robert Pinsky. The poems in Mario Chard's first collection follow three entangled strands -- a contemporary immigrant story, echoes of the Fall in Paradise Lost, and meditations on fatherhood in the shadow of Abraham's command to sacrifice a son. The poet speaks from the American hemisphere, immersed in histories of loss from long before Magellan first glimpsed his tierra del fuego. This LAND OF FIRE is close at hand though we try and insist upon its distance, like the sun, like Milton's Pandemonium, like the wars outside our borders or within.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946482099
Publisher: Tupelo Press
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 100
Sales rank: 847,477
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Mario Chard was born in northern Utah, the son of an Argentine immigrant mother and an American father. Recent poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, and Image. Winner of the "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he currently teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Table of Contents

"We make a thing we marvel" ix

In fables … 3

Night and Chaos 4

Machismo 6

Banner Trees 7

Made Red 9

Windfall 11

Renditions 12

The Oath 13

Mistake 15

Coax 17

Austral 18

Prelapsarian 19

The Fall 20

Paradise Lost 23

Mouth 24

Pilgrimage 25

"… as Saint Mark says they mustn't" 27

Dystocia 29

Caballero 33

Beget 43

How the war aged … 44

Once 46

Mar 47

Prosthetic 48

Ángel 50

Parable of Migrants 52

Parable of Prophets 53

Two Men Cry 54

Jorge, First Love of My Argentine Mother 56

The Barrel 59

Callus 60

Two Kingdoms 61

The Lesion 63

Small Blood 64

Signs and Crossings 65

Round 67

The Ground 73

Gallop 76

Spoke 81

Notes 85

Acknowledgments 87

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