Work by Bloodlight

Work by Bloodlight

by Julia Bouwsma




Poetry.Winner of the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award. "The elegiac is a most tender and yet most rigorous accounting. Every detail of its fact and decorum must register upon flesh, upon the syllables of flesh. In WORK BY BLOODLIGHT, Bouwsma unfailingly discovers the higher registers and the keenest syllables. They beautifully prove to be a 'wingspan against snow.'"—Donald Revell

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781930781238
Publisher: Cider Press Review
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, freelance editor, critic, small- town librarian, and farmer. Her poems and reviews can be found in Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Cutthroat, Muzzle, Puerto del Sol, RHINO, River Styx, Salamander, and others. Bouwsma is the recipient of residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA from Goddard College. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, she currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.

Table of Contents

Spell for Spring 3

Pariah's Call 7

First Words 8

Out of the Lockbox 9

For the Beaver Hanging in My Shed 10

Origin Story 11

A Taxidermist Demands Accountability 12

We Are Just Three Mouths 13

When to Dispatch 14

Elegy as Now 15

Following the Snare-Line 16

We Go on Vacation; the Calligrapher Stays Home 17

The Leech Child 18

The Birth of Athena 19

Elegy as the Veal Calf 20

The Calligrapher Tests the Daughter 21

Repetition Keeps Us Alive 22

In Western Calligraphy an Act of Symmetry Forms the Letter I 23

In the Socket-Eyes of the Lungs 24

Always a Mouth Wider Than My Own 25

Full Hunger Moon 26

Fear Visits the Calligrapher 27

Predator 28

Leukophobia 29

Shriller Than All the Music 30

Elegy as Invocation for Ghosts 31

Arachne Spun 32

Night Light 33

Triptych 34

Furrow the Tongue to the Throat of It 35

Elegy as First Red Hen 36

Sister, the Stomach 37

Prey 38

Where I Am Now, I Find No Difference between Tongues and Wings 39

Haying 40

The Calligrapher Practices Alchemy 41

Elegy as Long Skin 43

My Questions Undress to Compare Their Scars 44

The Calligrapher Builds a Faulty Oven 45

Mercy for the One Who Sharpens 46

After Another Dead Dog Dream 47

This Friday Morning, Prayer 48

Elegy as Dusk Rising in the Road 49

Foxes and Hens 50

As My Hair Braids the Noose 51

Elegy as Bonfire 52

Love Letter from Penelope 53

The Art of Pulling Heart 54

Dismembering 55

Elegy as Mud Season 56

Land and Body 57

Notes 61

Acknowledgments 63

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