Wait

Paperback | March 10, 2011

byAlison Stine

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In a small town under a spell, a child bride prays for the sheriff’s gun. Iron under a bed stops a nightmare. The carousel artist can carve only birds. Part fairy tale and part gothic ballad, Wait spans a single year: the year before a young woman’s marriage. Someone is always watching—from the warehouse, from the woods. And on the outskirts of town, someone new is waiting.

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In a small town under a spell, a child bride prays for the sheriff’s gun. Iron under a bed stops a nightmare. The carousel artist can carve only birds. Part fairy tale and part gothic ballad, Wait spans a single year: the year before a young woman’s marriage. Someone is always watching—from the warehouse, from the woods. And on the out...

Alison Stine is the author of Ohio Violence. Winner of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, she lives in Athens, Ohio.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 10, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299283143

ISBN - 13:9780299283148

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                                    The birds landed            in our braided hair, and the men                         called but could not find us. You were coming. You were coming.            I didn’t know. I would have curled                         in a rabbit whorl, a mouse nest, in leaf-spilled shade. I am a bird            in the field and I want you to find me.                         I want you to find me. Tell me wait.—excerpt from “Wife”© The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments    


Wife      


I

Child Bride        

Tennessee        

The Flood        

The Thief        

Neighbor        

Gossip        

Prize-Winning Photograph        

The Accident        

The Interpreter        

Velata        


II

The Bicycle        

Reelection        

The Flies            

All the Animals Are Birds        

Impetus        

Letter after Dismemberment        

Perrault's Tale        

After the Party        


III

Rabbit of the World        

The Land        

The Ripper's Bride        

Salt        

Your Marriage        

The Interpreter Tries to Blend In        

Nothing Happened        

Bug        

Stepmother        


IV

Canary        

The Ladder Tree            

White Asparagus        

Phlox        

Clean        

Love Letter        

The Red Thread        

Real Estate        

Scissors, Hammer, Hoof Pick, Awl        

Hadrian's Wall        


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“Alison Stine renders landscape with a riveting, almost gothic ferocity. The universe of Wait crackles, burns brightly, while also leading into a darkness of its own. The collection is impressive not just for its immense formal grace, but also for the adamant, forceful desire—its ‘call of skin’—that singes through every poem.”—Maggie Nelson, author of Jane: A Murder