The Thicket: Poems

The Thicket: Poems

by Kasey Jueds
The Thicket: Poems

The Thicket: Poems

by Kasey Jueds


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The Thicket opens into intimate encounters with the more-than-human world—rivers, birds, stones—and with a “you” that is not a person, necessarily, but also not not a person: maybe God, maybe an aspect of the self, maybe neither or both. Often speaking of/to the small or overlooked (weeds by a roadside, an abandoned silo), the poems orient themselves toward edges, transitional spaces like the one where fields shift into woods. Where does one body stop? The Thicket takes an interest in becoming, one thing flowing into something else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822966647
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/02/2021
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kasey Jueds is the author of Keeper, which won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She lives in New York State’s Catskill Mountains.

Read an Excerpt

All night wind insists in the trees, its unsteady hush
funneling us down into sleep under the tender
shelter the oaks, even leafless, make—all night
their trunks creak and sigh and speak. Speak
to me—I think the word protect until its edges
dissolve, inside the tent that wraps us
like another, thinner skin, rocked and chastened
by the wind that doesn’t cease . . .

Table of Contents


The Silo 5

Of Pink 7

Briar Rose 9

A Brief History of Silk 10

The Trees 11

The Girl with No Hands 12

Drought 14

Neither Have I Wings 16

Apart from Me, and Still 17

The Kingdom 19

Unknown Natural Forces 21

The Tool Shed 23

China Rabbit 25

Each 27

Messenger 28

Not All the Animals Sleep 29

At Cape Henlopen 31


The Far Field 35

The Hedge 37

Notebook of Air 38

That Far North 39

Litany (Paulownia) 40

The Guardians 41

Not All the Winds Have Names 42

A Separate Bird Each Time (Origami) 44

Litany (Easter) 45

Pure 47

Suminagashi 48

Sapling 49

Love Poem with No Mountains in Sight 50

Unbidden 52


Looking Back (The Far Field) 57

Self-Portrait as Lost Earring 58

Birthday 60

Litany (California) 61

Small Music 63

The Blind 64

Litany (Over Eastern Washington) 65

The Field 67

Litany (Boreal) 69

Inverting the Winter 70

Because They Mostly Appear at Dusk 71

Talisman 72

Kittatinny 73

Owl 74

Coracle Means a Small Vessel, a Boat 75

Body of Water 77

Nightjar 79

Notes 81

Acknowledgments 83

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