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The Children
     

The Children

by Paula Bohince
 

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"Nostalgic"

Jar of feathers becoming,
finally, another map:
cloistered homage to a decade of geese haunting the grid of our steadfastness.
Un-find the coveted

ibis; kiss the scarlet of the robin's blurred departure.
In the end, we were landmark,
compass, same as the lingered-over pond, the marsh where cattails remained when all else

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"Nostalgic"

Jar of feathers becoming,
finally, another map:
cloistered homage to a decade of geese haunting the grid of our steadfastness.
Un-find the coveted

ibis; kiss the scarlet of the robin's blurred departure.
In the end, we were landmark,
compass, same as the lingered-over pond, the marsh where cattails remained when all else left. Ragged in salt,
cloud-headed.

Paula Bohince's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Poetry. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Amy Clampitt Trust, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.

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"There's movement in Bohince's ­poems, but it's gradual and subtle—an eye passing like Ken Burns' camera over a still image, discovering new details. Even in narrative passages, Bohince lets participles do the work of predicates.... 'The Peacock,' about a depressed father who seems destined to leave his young family, mixes sentences and fragments to painterly effect."
The New York Times

“Paula Bohince looks back at nature’s enduring and defining cycles in her new collection, The Children, finally concluding ‘In the end, we were landmark,/ compass.’”
—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Pre-pub Alert

“The plosive thrills and quietly mournful tenor of the finely-wrought poems in Paula Bohince’s The Children reward enormously upon first encounter, and only more so upon subsequent reads.... [A] masterful command of syntax and line.”
—Virginia Konchan, The Rumpus

“This is a poet whose work I want to keep reading.”
—Rebecca Morgan Frank, Memorious

“Aptly titled, The Children illuminates a kind of contemporary nostalgia, one the pursues an innocence found only in childhood without forsaking the beautiful complexities of aging and the natural evolution of the wildlife around us: “Virus in my heart. Branches / salted with buds, soft- / eyed on a sill.”
—Kelly Forsythe, The Los Angeles Review

“These verses conjure rural southwest Pennsylvania as an exotic locale, swirled with pussy willow, milkweed, hornet nests of gray papier-mâché, velvet-antlered deer, mushrooms like men on horseback, flusters of quail flushed from briar. . . . We are drawn into an interior network that at its best sets off Plath-like, compressed-energy depth charges of imagery.”
—Mike Schneider, Pittsburgh City Paper

Library Journal
Praised for its story line, point of view, and strong metaphors, Bohince's 2008 debut collection, Aleda Shirley Prize-winner Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods, is narrated by a woman who muses on the murder of her father as well as her own past. Bohince's second book is also narrated by a woman who thinks about what could have been. Focusing on the children she didn't have and on lost opportunities in general, she does not tell a story so much as she reflects on how the past affects the present. Some of her reflections sound as though they were written by Sylvia Plath (as in "Baby Hazel") or by Wallace Stevens (as in "Snowy River Visions"). VERDICT Most of these poems aren't derivative so much as vague, their point often lost because of a heavy reliance on abstract language, inverted sentence structure, omitted words, and a confusing mix of metaphors. That's not to say that there aren't some strong poems here. There are. But they are too few.—Diane Scharper, Towson Univ., MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936747283
Publisher:
Sarabande Books
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Paula Bohince’s first collection, Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods, received Sarabande Books’ inaugural Aleda Shirley Prize. Her poems have appeared widely in such publications as The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Hudson Review, Slate, and The Yale Review. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Amy Clampitt Trust, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, in addition to the 2010-2011 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship. She lives in Pennsylvania.

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