Best Bones

Best Bones

SARAH ROSE NORDGREN
Copyright Date: 2014
Pages: 112
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    Best Bones
    Book Description:

    Winner of the 2013 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry PrizeBest Bonesis a house. When you walk around the rooms of the house, you overhear the desires and griefs of a family, as well as the unresolved concerns of lingering ghosts. The various voices in the house struggle against the family roles and social identities that they must wear like heavy garments-mother, father, wife, husband, sister, brother, servant, and master. All these voices crave unification; they want to join themselves into one whole sentient being, into "a mansion steering itself."The poems inBest Bonesalso explore the experience of living in a physical body, and how the natural world intersects with manmade landscapes and technologies. In it, mother has a reset button, servants blend into the furniture, and a doctor patiently oversees the pregnancy of the earth.In these poems, the body is a working machine, a repository of childhood myth and archetype, and a window to the spiritual world. The poems strive to be visceral on the level of dream, or of a story that is half remembered and half fabricated.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-8023-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-xii)
  3. FABLE
    (pp. 1-2)
  4. 1
  5. 2
  6. 3
  7. BLUE WHALE
    (pp. 73-76)
  8. NOTES
    (pp. 77-78)
  9. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. 79-80)