The Mouths of Grazing Things

Paperback | April 1, 2010

byJennifer Boyden

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The Mouths of Grazing Things is an unflinching, lyrical meditation on nature’s forced exodus from the human, and the forms of longing, estrangement, magnetism, and self-otherness that ensue. Arrestingly tender and fiercely protective of where nature lurks in and out of us still, Boyden translates for a new landscape where a brain in a jar is anchored by an apple, a fly-tying fisherman finds love songs to fish scattered among the barber’s sweepings, and the players at “the most dangerous playground in the world” prepare for anything with one fist clenched and the other full of sugar. In poems built to survive an unsafe journey, this book delivers the now-beyond, the almost-was, the near-forgotten, and the just-in-time.

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The Mouths of Grazing Things is an unflinching, lyrical meditation on nature’s forced exodus from the human, and the forms of longing, estrangement, magnetism, and self-otherness that ensue. Arrestingly tender and fiercely protective of where nature lurks in and out of us still, Boyden translates for a new landscape where a brain in a ...

Jennifer Boyden, a Minnesota native, lives in Washington State and teaches literature and writing. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, and The Mid-American Review. Boyden’s awards include the PEN Northwest writing residency and a Washington State Artist Trust Grant. This is her f...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.4 inPublished:April 1, 2010Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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I dedicate this fly to the fish
of the fallen river. It is a poem
of hook and shank and feather.
It sinks like a bone, casts
like the logic of knives.
The song of my own hair, it is
how I call them from their stones.
—excerpt from “The Fly Tier’s Monomania”
© The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1.
The Listener
Orectic
What the Ghost Knows
Covetous
Running the Bulls
Relying on What I Know of How the Hidden Feels, I Advance a Theory
Flag
Vandals
Out of the Barn
Something to Go By
Substitute
Twin
Regret
Potential: Two Times
Making It Big, Standing Back to Be Sure
Histories

2.
Without Warning, the Mist Came Down
The Pardon
This, Too, One Kind of Voice
Will There Be Police
Prodigy
Asked Some 20 Questions, Many of Which Seem Like More Than One
Floating Even Now
I’d Have Presented a Cup of Water or My Own Small Ax
Phantom Limb
Churn
Analysis of the Moth
As Walking Becomes the Answer to the Road
Seizure on the Siskyou Ridge
The Moss
Plenty Comes at Night
A Pileup, and Time, Besides

3.
I Wonder if I’ve Told You Everything
North
The Allocations of Sound
Admission
Gravity
Counting on Your Presence
The Lost Man
The Air Anniversary
Laying Them Down, Telling Them Rest
The Moss Breathes Back
Fly-tyer’s Monomania
Tomorrow, Tomorrow
The Speaking
What the Stones Allow

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