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Our Vanishing

Our Vanishing

by Frannie Lindsay


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Frannie Lindsay’s fourth collection of poetry, Our Vanishing, investigates the ways in which we stay present, and humanely so, in an age where much—our environment, our faith, our sense of ourselves—is being stripped away, reduced, and devalued. The speakers explore worlds of profound loss and alienation as turning points back to a shared and enriched humanity. In telling their truth with compassionate objectivity, they give heart, reuniting readers with the humble and ordinary goodness that sustains us all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597095341
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 03/08/2014
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Frannie Lindsay is the winner of Red Hen Press’s 2012 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Her previous books are Mayweed (The Word Works, 2010); Lamb (Perugia, 2006); and Where She Always Was (Utah State University Press, 2005). Her awards include the May Swenson Award, the Perugia Award, the Washington Prize, and the Missouri Review Prize. Her work has been featured in Ted Kooser’s column “American Life in Poetry,” and on Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has received several Pushcart nominations. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Read an Excerpt

When at last I can let the waves,
so tired from their pilgrimage,
nuzzle the toes of my boots
while I think up another
lie about God
to toss across Lake Dunmore,
I find my peace knowing
a gustful of starlings will carry it back
a little at a time,
at their leisure,
in marigold-yellow beaks,
letting the shreds of the words
that once made it into the old,
harsh prayers
be their new and adequate
nest parts.

Table of Contents

To the Muse After a Long Illness 13


Mable 19

In Praise of the Nearly Forgotten 20

Photo Rescued From a Red Leatherette Scrapbook 21

My Sister's Prom Gown 22

Mother's Bartók 24

What it Was Like Being a Tenth-Grader 26

45th High School Reunion 27

Old Couple Swimming 28

Unflattering Snapshot with Dear Friends Around a Deathbed 30

Elegy for My Mother 32


Upon Learning a Friend is Now Terminal and Being Asked for Prayers 37

Girl and Dog Praying 38

Artifact 40

To the Petermann Glacier 42

Watermark 44

Rain's Lullaby 46

Objects in Mirror are Larger than they Appear 48

The Grail of Perfect Hunger 49

For Marina 55

Cradle Song to One Who is Afraid of the Dark 56


Adoration at the End of Time 59


Echo 67

Heart Dog 68

How to Find Words for an Elegy 70

Old Dog Suckling 71

Against Rapture 72

13 Year Old Dog 74

The Meek 75

Robert 76

The Girl I Am Afraid of Lays her Head on My Shoulder on the 73 Bus 77

Lovers on the Red Line Train at Midday 78

To a Homeless Woman Found Dead on Boston Common 79

Prayer for the 110th Floor 80

Prayer for the Homeless Man Who Cried When I Asked Him to Tell Me His Story 82

The Gathered Stones 83

Still Life With Morning and Dog 86

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