Soluble Fish transports readers to a place of discovery, exploring issues of borders, familial and love relationships, and other aspects of being human. Mary Jo Firth Gillett layers her poems in rich metaphor as she searches for meaning in everyday life. Contemplating a range of topics from teaching poetry to watching her father filet a fish, Gillett’s humorous and playful collection celebrates language and life.
About the Author
Award-winning poet Mary Jo Firth Gillett has published her work in numerous literary journals, including Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Harvard Review, and Poetry Northwest.
Table of ContentsContents One Itch, Scratch 00 Like a Deity, Like a Diatom 00 Of Pavlov 00 Sea Monkeys 00 Pollywog 00 Memory 00 Chicken Tile 00 Camping Out in the 50¿s 00 Hand-Me-Down Pantoum 00 Grandma¿s Fingerless Gloves 00 Airborne 00 Segue 00 Lighthouse 00 Fish Tales 00 Two I ask¿ 00 Word 00 Poem for the Hibiscus 00 Cardinal 00 Higgins Lake, Michigan, 9-11 00 Farmer, 1938 00 Dear Departed Reverend Grandfathers 00 Watching Dad Filet a Bass 00 Valences 00 Snowflake Obsidian 00 Of Snakes, Of Gluttony 00 A Note to the Skeptics 00 The bag lady 00 Hotel, Soldiers¿ Field Road, Boston 00 Small losses¿ 00 Ladybug 00 Letter to the Muse 00 Three Making Soup 00 Poppy Field, Lily Pond 00 What I Believe, with Four Final Words from Li-Young Lee 00 Electric Tomato 00 My Refrigerator, and Other Acts of Whim, of Faith 00 On Being Asked by a Student How You Know When a Poem Is Done 00 Timeline for Lovers 00 Animal! 00 Every memory is a dream 00 Your Mouth 00 Dad¿s Cornea Transplant 00 Lightning Bugs 00 Spindrift 00 World Enough 00 Notes 00