A Woman of Property (Penguin Poets) by Robyn Schiff

By Robyn Schiff

A new e-book from a poet whose paintings is "wild with mind's eye, unafraid, bold, inventive" (Jorie Graham)

Located in a menacing, gothic panorama, the poems that include A girl of Property draw formal and creative obstacles opposed to boundless mortal probability, yet as all borders are weak, this ominous assortment finally phases an pressing and deeply imperiled boundary dispute the place haunting, phantasm, the presence of the earlier, and disembodied voices basically additional unsettle questions of fabric and non secular ownership. it is a theatrical booklet of dilapidated homes and overgrown gardens, of passageways and thresholds, edges, prosceniums, unearthings, and root platforms. The volatile estate strains the following rove from heaven to hell, troubling share and scary propriety within the identify of unfathomable propagation. Are the entire gates during this booklet folly? Are the partitions too simply scaled to carry something again or impose self-confinement? What won't a poem do to get to the opposite aspect?

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The stars were out now, and in the pale silvery glow she could see his sharp features and hollow cheeks, his blue eyes and curly hair. She realized in that moment, when he looked so sad, how much he laughed and smiled, even when the sun was broiling or the dust was choking or the gunshots were exploding in the air. He could always smile. Except now he wasn舗t. He handed her a smallish yellow envelope. 舡 舠Course not. 舡 Journalists and producers and photojournalists the world over knew about telegrams.

All the rest of the workday, while she analyzed different facets of the operation, looking for ways to maximize profit, and as she sat through endless management and scheduling meetings, she found herself remembering how in love her parents had looked. The truth was, she had never been able to understand how a woman could be capable of passionately adoring her husband while simultaneously despising her children. No, that wasn舗t right. Mom didn舗t despise Meredith and Nina. She just didn舗t care about them.

What kind of woman could she have become? And then it was gone like a soap bubble, and she was back where she belonged. 舡 舠Seven o舗clock,舡 she said. 舠By all means,舡 he said, turning the page. 舡 Meredith was at her desk by eight o舗clock. As usual, she was the first to arrive and went about the cubicle-divided space on the warehouse舗s second floor flipping on lights. She passed by her dad舗s office舒empty now舒pausing only long enough to glance at the plaques by his door. Thirteen times he舗d been voted Grower of the Year and his advice was still sought out by competitors on a regular basis.

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