Plunder: Poems

Plunder: Poems


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Winner of the 2019 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

"You will love Dorsey Craft’s rollicking persona, Pirate Anne Bonny, who, in this thrilling book of poems, serves up heaps of scintillant treasures from the bottomless trunk of her imagination, wit, and verve. In Plunder, Jack Sparrow has met his match."

—Deb Gorlin, judge, 2019 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872333154
Publisher: Bauhan Publishing
Publication date: 04/15/2020
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 290,719
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Dorsey Craft is the author of the chapbook The Pirate Anne Bonny Dances the Tarantella, forthcoming from Cutbank in 2020. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Poetry Daily, Southern Indiana Review, Thrush Poetry Journal and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from McNeese State University and a BA in English from Clemson University, and is currently a PhD candidate in poetry at Florida State University. She is also a Poetry Editor for The Southeast Review.

Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, Deb Gorlin won the 1996 White Pine Press Poetry Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course. Gorlin received her B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Since 1991 she has taught writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as codirector of the Writing Program. She is also a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review. Gorlin currently lives in Amherst, MA.

Table of Contents

The Pirate Anne Bonny Says She's Not the Madwoman in the Attic… 9


The Pirate Anne Bonny Contemplates Her Hanging 12

Root Canal at Twenty-Seven 14

The Pirate Anne Bonny Speaks to Orlando 16

I Bring Home a Lemon Tree 18

The Pirate Anne Bonny Goes Through Her Lover's Pockets 19

Love Poem with Grease and Silver 20

The Pirate Anne Bonny Advises Jane Eyre 22

Ode to Sex and the City 24

The Pirate Anne Bonny Marooned with Child 26

My Father's Face 27

The Pirate Anne Bonny Decides She Must Be a Boy 29


Memos for My Mother 32

The Pirate Anne Bonny Wishes Walt Whitman a Happy Birthday 37

Domestic Poem 39

The Pirate Anne Bonny and I Play Video Games 40

Rainy-Day Game with Kyle 42

The Pirate Anne Bonny Says Her Prayers 44

Women Tell Me How to Be Safe 45

The Pirate Anne Bonny Tempts Medusa 47

Bagging Groceries at Piggly Wiggly 49

The Pirate Anne Bonny Becomes Our Mother 51

The women my husband ought to love 52

The Pirate Anne Bonny Contemplates a Mutiny 54

The Wife's Lament: A Retelling 55


The Pirate Anne Bonny Awaits Her Prey 58

Anaconda Impregnates Herself at New England Zoo 59

The Pirate Anne Bonny and I Plunder the Cruise Ship 60

Tri-Q Initiation 62

The Pirate Anne Bonny Does Not Care about Football 64

When I played soccer all year round 66

The Pirate Anne Bonny Consults the GPS 68

Heaven 70

The Pirate Anne Bonny Dances the Tarantella 71

Acknowledgments 72

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