"Sincerity is the only currency I bring," writes Mindy Nettifee in her haunting poem "Election Eve," a piece composed in a state of not-knowing, just days before the 2016 U.S. election that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. In this third full-length collection of poetry, Nettifee's powers are on the wax. The book follows a course of descent, tapping wells and constructing thresholds to underworlds. She's plumbing the dark unknown, in search of wild memory and buried trauma and the stories of the dead. She is seeking the roots of the personal, familial and cultural madness blossoming aboveground. Her studies of the unconscious mind, archetypal psychology and western mysticism are in conversation with punk chaos, feminist politics, and the evolution of kissing.
The lineage of poems as spells is humming and cracking beneath the surface, asking questions about what it takes to imagine, create and enact change. Nettifee won't banish the mystery, but does not leave us in the dark. By the end of the book we are led up and full circle, reinitiated into the bright, light-filled, mundane world. Only everything has changed. Here, in the surreal real and the strange and sacred ordinary, we must use our own voices to emotionally echolocate, to sense new landscapes both inside and out. We must tell the stories it is impossible to tell. We must speak until we feel the ring of truth.
|Publisher:||Write Bloody Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
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Excerpt from Open Your Mouth Like A Bell
There are many doorways,
The eating sadness donuts on a frozen river in Vermont/doorway.
The ecstatic yes doorway.
The psychedelic healing in a Detroit living room doorway.
The unrequited doorway.
The adorn your body in small silver bells and walk steady in a
The child that blames you doorway.
Table of Contents
There is a Lot Riding on this Moment 1
I Used to be a Honey Moon 5
Forget About Good 6
Election Eve 7
When I Was Your Age, I Was Jumping Off Cliffs 10
Around the Time I Was Listening to a Lot of David Bowie, I Met A Vampire 14
Why I Turned Out So Vanilla 16
Brutal Autumn 17
What Happened 21
Remember When Everyone Made Everyone Else Angry and Nobody Minded? 23
Hook, Line, and Sinker 24
How to Eat When You're Lovesick 25
An Ordinary Story by the Ocean 31
The First Time I Hit a Boy 33
Prayer to the Gods of Winter 34
Portable Gods 35
After the Neighbor Kid Broke his Toy Wand and Tried Really Hard Not to Cry About It 37
On Being Raised Christian and Taught English 38
The Yellow Brick Road 42
Last Act 44
In The Land of Monsters, I Am the Hidingest 47
My Mom Listened to Kost 103.5 "Love Songs on the Coast" Pretty Much All of 1985 and 1986 49
What to Expect 55
Everyone is a Low Budget Film of the Girl That Broke Your Heart, Turning to a Song 57
We Kiss So Hard We Bruise Colors Into New Colors 58
Open Your Mouth Like a Bell 60
The Psychic Polar Bear Visions 65
The Psychic Polar Bear Speaks 67
Welcome to the Jungle 68
Back When I Only Dated Lions 70
The Thing about Having Just Dropped Acid When the Zombies Arrive at the House Party 72
The Hanged Man Finally Unties Himself from the Tree, Stands Up, Blood Rushing From His Head to his Feet, and Walks Away 75
The Year I Gave Up Anxiety 79
I Have Great Taste in Rocks 81
It Is Hot Raining and we are Free 83
Wedding Poem 84
Prayer for a Party 86
The Year of the Rooster 88
Party at the Glass Ceiling 90
Guided Meditation for the Resistance 92
Oh, Ginkgo 94
Good Morning Heartache 95