Custody of the Eyes by Kimberly BurwickCustody of the Eyes by Kimberly Burwick

Custody of the Eyes

byKimberly Burwick

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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These tightly wound lyrics examine the dark history of a dictatorship through the lens of motherhood while invoking the pastoral as a metaphor for loss, and the overwhelming human will to survive what has scarified us. By exposing the named and nameless stolen babies of Franco’s long regime, Burwick is able to tap into personal and universal fears of rearing children in the face of violence, forgery, and absolutism.
Title:Custody of the EyesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887486177

ISBN - 13:9780887486173

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Table of Contents


Clinica San RamonThe Catechesis, Redacted FilioqueThe FoxesSisters of Charity on Trial, MadridPietas, ColdFranco’s Stolen BabiesNetworkPriests, Nuns, NursesHe Flung His Arms Around His FaceIn the Middle of Good MorningPut in the Santo CeloLutalica Uncle Mengele


That Our Beauties Should Have Night TerrorsBless Those as We Stare Them into DomesBirthed of Ghosts, 1950-1980Levi’s Bicuspid ValveFranquismoSpanish Cold KissFor Manoli Pagador in GetafeFranco in the BloodAlmanac of the Terrible FlowersHylomorphismLevi IncarnateThe Open PoemLike Slate Beneath Virgin’s BowerBreathQuietusFreezer Trays


With WaterGod in The GroundThe Fuller Act of WailingA Way of Making AprilNurseOcchiolismThe High WillMy Sleep Wasn’tRadio Te EncontraréApace, Or the Sound of Good GrassesThe Priest’s FreezerAdjectives, Adverbs, Nouns

Editorial Reviews

“Kimberly Burwick’s collection Custody of the Eyes focuses beyond a shameful enterprise toward a meditative landscape of compressed insights. Each terse lyric expands into a glossary of measured emotions where nature is a character that emerges and delivers a life-force inherent in the spirit of the poems, and perhaps these realizations are curative. And yet, as the collection evolves, we nod our heads to the final truth: “Because I saw your birth, I am responsible for all the dead.” The encounter with death is monolithic. Burwick’s poems speak to the present and future by acknowledging the past through intriguing images, and unexpected phrases invite us in.” - Yusef Komunyakaa