Do Not Peel the Birches (Paperback)

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In her second collection of poems, Fleda Brown Jackson holds
with a meditative rapture to the place she call home - home as family,
the source of trouble and joy; home as the embellished stories of family; and
home as a place called Central Lake. And when the poems move outward -
to Stonehenge, Edinburgh, Kitty-Hawk, Roanoke, St. Pete Beach, and the
Mississippi River - the past keeps resonating. At last, the voice that
remembers becomes nothing but a riding, a hunger. If I
were a swan, she imagines, "The world would move / under me / and
I would always be exactly / where I am." There is an end to history, Jackson
says, when at last real life and art are able to merge: a mythic Elvis steps
out of her ancestral outhouse, and his singing sounds very much like her own
voice. "It's not as if one vent stands / beside another, separated by a
delicate / membrane," she writes in another poem. It's "all done through
images, the blood of fear, / of rage, soaking through the towel."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781557530400
ISBN-10: 1557530408
Publisher: Purdue University Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1993
Pages: 85
Language: English