Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream

Paperback | March 1, 2008

byConnie Voisine

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The Bird is Her Reason
There are some bodies that emerge
                                                       into desire as a god
rises from the sea, emotion and
                           memory hang like dripping clothes—this
                want is like
                                      entering that heated red
on the mouth of a Delacroix lion,
                stalwart, always that red
                             which makes
my teeth ache and my skin feel
          a hand that has never touched me,
                                       the tree groaning outside becomes
                         a man who knocks on my bedroom window,
edge of red on gold fur,
                          the horse, the wild
flip of its head, the rake of claws
                           across its back, the unfocussed,
                                                                      swallowed eye.
Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream is a book haunted by the afterlife of medieval theology and literature yet grounded in distinctly modern quandaries of desire. Connie Voisine’s female speakers reverberate with notes of Marie de France’s tragic heroines, but whereas Marie’s poems are places where women’s longings quickly bloom and die in captivity—in towers and dungeons—Voisine uses narrative to suspend the movement of storytelling. For Voisine, poems are occasions for philosophical wanderings, extended lyrics that revolve around the binding and unbinding of desire, with lonely speakers struggling with the impetus of wanting as well as the necessity of a love affair’s end. With fluency, intelligence, and deeply felt emotional acuity, Rare High Meadow of Which I Might Dream navigates the heady intersection of obsessive love and searing loss.   
Praise for Cathedral of the North
“Voisine’s poetry is wholly unsentimental, tactile, and filled with unexpected beauty. She is political in the best sense. . . . A dazzling, brave, and surprising first book.”—Denise Duhamel, Ploughshares

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The Bird is Her ReasonThere are some bodies that emerge                                                       into desire as a godrises from the sea, emotion and                           memory hang like dripping clothes—this                want is like                                      entering that heated red on the mouth of a De...

Connie Voisine is associate professor of English at New Mexico State University and director of La Sociedad para las Artes, an arts outreach organization. She is the author of Cathedral of the North, which received the Associated Writing Programs poetry award.  

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 8.5 × 6.13 × 0.4 inPublished:March 1, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


The Early Days of Aviation
The Invisible Man remained
The Bird is Her Reason
Anonymous Lyric
Love Poem
Dangerous for Girls
Apart, Away
First Taste
Weathercam—the Horizon
The Bitter After
Sorry I Don't Like You
The Beginning of Things
This is for the silver of highway


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"Voisine has picked up a now-familiar gauntlet thrown down by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Crack-Up': The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.' Voisine wears this gauntlet with flair, holding opposed poetic modes together to produce poems which not only function, but amaze: braiding divergent narratives, Voisine wrings moments of lyric intensity from the places where her stories touch."-Puerto del Sol