The Blue Hour

Paperback | March 16, 2016

byJennifer Whitaker

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Fairy tales both familiar and obscure create a threshold, and the The Blue Hour pulls us over it. With precise language and rich detail, these poems unflinchingly create an eerie world marked by abuse, asking readers not just to bear witness but to try to understand how we make meaning in the face of the meaningless violence.

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Fairy tales both familiar and obscure create a threshold, and the The Blue Hour pulls us over it. With precise language and rich detail, these poems unflinchingly create an eerie world marked by abuse, asking readers not just to bear witness but to try to understand how we make meaning in the face of the meaningless violence.

Jennifer Whitaker is the director of the University Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and assistant poetry editor for storySouth. This is her first book.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:March 16, 2016Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299308642

ISBN - 13:9780299308643

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From the Author

Jennifer Whitaker is the director of the University Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and assistant poetry editor for storySouth. This is her first book.

Read from the Book

Every night begins with my wish
as I’m gowned in fog on the lawn:
Man in the moon, be a prince—strike a match.
Burn out the stars in their dumb minuet.
Forget the clock; let it drone what it may.
I’ll stare until everyone shatters like glass.
—excerpt from “Cinderella as Wish That Comes True,” © The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  
Last Poem about My Father  
 
I.
The Invention of Childhood  
Something He’d Do  
The Look of It  
Father as Barred Owl  
Strange Sister  
Story That Begins and Ends with Burning  
Through the Vines  
Habit  
The Invitation  
The Lesson  
The Birth Premature  
Mother as Blossoming Vine  
False Season  
In the Sick Room  
Father as Map of the World  
Father as Ribbon in My Hair  
Rumpelstiltskin  
The Gown  
Story in Which the Daughter Waits for the Hunter to Return  
Daughter as Collection of Words  
Mount Vernon  
Story That Begins with a Bat Falling Dead  
Blue Hour  
 
II.
Snow White as Apology from My Youth  
Daughter as Painted Boy  
Collusion  
Cinderella as Wish That Comes True  
Daughter as Sister in Many Layers  
Story in Which the Daughter Briefly Encounters Providence  
Rapunzel  
Mother’s Foxes  
Throat-Song  
Story in Which We Scream at the Daughter to Stop  
Aubade  
Daughter as Pallid Bat in the Attic  
Daughter as Pig in the House  
Letter to My Father as Severed Goat Head  
Letter to My Father as Month of August  
What to Wear to a Father’s Funeral  
Letter to My Father as Robin in the Field  
Home  
Fairgrounds  
Father as Distant Boat  
Father as Suit of Armor  
In the Marriage Season  
Letter to My Father as Theropod Exhibit  
Letter to My Father in the Blue Hour  
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Editorial Reviews

The Blue Hour is incendiary. These poems are white hot and unless handled with care—they will burn you.”—Today’s Book of Poetry