Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak: Poems

Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak: Poems

by Elizabeth Knapp
Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak: Poems

Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak: Poems

by Elizabeth Knapp


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Elizabeth Knapp’s poetry explores the intersections between modern society, personal mortality, and cultural immortality. In this, her second collection, celebrities come and go, while the collection’s patron saint, Emily Dickinson, presides over all. At its heart, this book is about loss and its endless reverberations, while at the same time, it embraces the notion of art as a kind of immortality. With these striking new poems, Knapp establishes herself as one of our most vital and compelling contemporary voices.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941551202
Publisher: Washington Writers' Publishing House
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents


“Your Life Is Meaningless” 3

Capital I 4

My Past Life as a Songbird 5

Fifth Year: Wood 6

Song While the Children Are Napping 7

Palomas, Ciudad de México 8

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain Wrestling with the Angel 9

The Young Virgin 10

Faith 11

Threnody with a White Ford Bronco inside It 12

Koko the Gorilla Is Dead 14

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Wound 15

Hunter’s Moon, Gettysburg 16

Sixth Year: Iron 17

My Past Life as a Dinosaur 18

Starman Tractate: Chameleon, Comedian,

Corinthian, and Caricature 19

The Martian 20

Self-Portrait as the Love Child of Kurt Cobain

and Emily Dickinson 22

Elegy with a Cameo by Linda Ronstadt 23

After the Flood 27

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket 28

Minority Report 29

Fourth of July 30

Black Friday 31

My Brain Is Mad for Baudrillard 32

Self-Portrait as Cindy Sherman’s Instagram Account 33

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain in Drag 34

My Past Life as a Puritan 35

Seventh Year: Wool 36

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Muse 37

Last Tango in Paris 38

Poem in the Manner of the Year in Which I Was Born 39

Eighth Year: Bronze 40

Starman Tractate: Let All the Children Boogie 41

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Imaginary Friend 42

Lament in the Style of Monica Lewinsky’s Blue Dress 43

Meditation 44

The Year of the Eclipse 45

Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak 49

The Cemetery Is Full of People Who Would Love

to Have Your Problems 50

Postmortem 51

Self-Elegy with Hand Grenade 52

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Hungry Ghost 53

Starman Tractate: Ashes to Ashes 54

Transfiguration 55

My Past Life as a Supernova 56

The Great Mysteries 57

Elegy with Spray Paint Can 58

Goya’s Red Boy 60

Ninth Year: Willow 61

Hysterectomy 62

Like Running into Hillary Clinton in the Woods 63

Recurring Dream: Elevator 64

Gladiator 66

Self-Portrait as Kurt Cobain’s Left-Handed Guitar 67

Cache la Poudre 68

A Year Later 69

Notes 70

Acknowledgments 71

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