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Author: Lisa Olstein
Publisher: Port Townsend, Wash. : Copper Canyon Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Structured as a naturalist's notebook, yet suggesting an ars poetica, this five-part sequence of prose poems creates a layered pilgrimage into the consequences of intensive study, the trials of being an outsider, and the process of metamorphosis -- from cover.
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Olstein
ISBN: 9781556593017 1556593015
OCLC Number: 261176438
Description: x, 92 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: My only life --
Sometimes they worship fire --
Dreamy little savage --
White Spring --
The small brain is very old --
For a moment I was cured --
If you are here you have already come too far --
Species at rest --
Wings are folded in a myriad of ways --
Kindred forms --
No luck at all --
All the idolaters in the world --
But new snow is forever falling on the old --
The heart is always behind the fingers --
Receding sphinx --
Had I time had I power --
If it ever happens that the fire goes out --
The dark one with the seed in its beak --
Tearful underwing --
No camouflage requires decoration like this --
Saturniidae --
A raven touched his eyebrow --
From this you will wish to make romace --
Unsated beauty --
Since deaths are frequent they are never done with mourning --
The miraculous paradox --
I met him on his island --
Master thunder --
The immovable moves --
The usual dead --
Myriad myriad forms --
Unsated sallow --
Each river was a river of mercury --
Any such bold claim --
A new typology --
Root entry --
Order and system --
Newcomers to the field of endeavor --
A lesson in liberty --
The second of five predictables --
Immaculate holomelina --
The uppermost is fire --
So much for this city --
Both the specific remedy and the condition of health --
If the cities are not given --
It is dangerous to love what death can touch --
At first it is less than a grain of millet --
Instar --
The blessing you hope never to come near --
An analogy is enough --
A moment or as long as necessary --
Celestial bodies --
Dark lanterns --
Oak beauty --
A twilight figure --
The universe within --
Arrivals --
From this vantage point your view will be clear --
Some superior Heaven --
When the consolations grow too few --
Those who have eyes to see --
The million --
A path we long have known --
Ghost moth --
Partridges are plentiful and very cheap --
Species rich but little known --
Flowerdeep --
Whites and sulphurs --
The fullness of his powers --
When hunger is sure to be present --
Theory of clouds --
Gossamer wings --
Hawkweed and daisies --
With this bridle to restrain them --
The weather in here --
No one could count their number.
Responsibility: Lisa Olstein.

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Structured as a naturalist's notebook, yet suggesting an ars poetica, this five-part sequence of prose poems creates a layered pilgrimage into the consequences of intensive study, the trials of being an outsider, and the process of metamorphosis -- from cover.

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