Bird Skin Coat

Paperback | February 16, 2009

byAngela Sorby

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Bird Skin Coat is brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent—doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars—this collection reflects Sorby’s keen eye for blending images. As they shuttle between the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, these poems explore how the radical instability of the world is also the source of its energy.

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Bird Skin Coat is brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent—doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars—this collection reflects Sorby’s keen eye for blending images. As they shuttle between the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest...

Angela Sorby is associate professor of English at Marquette University. She is author of two books, Distance Learning: Poems and Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:94 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.3 inPublished:February 16, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299231941

ISBN - 13:9780299231941

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The woman he hit is still 42. She notes with wonder how her parka fits her perfectly the way a dove’s skin holds the whole bird together.               Fate is not a thing with feathers, it’s old, bald, and blind, a pope who can’t decipher the man’s name,           David Pratt, as he scrawls it on scratch paper. —excerpt from “Bird Skin Coat” © The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.  

Table of Contents

Part One
Bird Skin Coat   
Breathing Out Smoke   
Nostalgia for the Present   
Rose   
Whose Woods These Are   
Neighborhood Watch
Small Talk   
Middle Distance   
Erin's Leather Jacket   
Dragons of the Bible   
Walking Directions   
What Helen Caught   
Catch and Release   
Conversion Narrative   
Mountain of Names   
The Snow-Woman   
The Diagnosis
Insomnia   

Part Two
Kickflip   
The Attic of the Attic   
Prosperity   
Flyover State   
Taj Mahal   
American Camel   
Sky Falling on Cedars   
Sleeping with Stars   
Forest Floor   
Sleeping in the Pioneer Rooms   
Objects Made Real by Observation   
Night Train to Whitefish   
In the Good Pain Wing       
Six Degrees of Separation   
Transport to Sumer   
Museum Study   
First Lady of the War   
Dove and Dove   
The Urn   

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“The wise poems of a fire-walker.”—Marilyn Nelson