Windthrow by K. A. HaysWindthrow by K. A. Hays


byK. A. Hays

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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Windthrow: a forestry term for the uprooting or breaking of trees by wind. The voices of K. A. Hays’ third volume of poetry speak out of nature’s violent transformations. At turns self-effacing and empathic, fearful and accepting, these are poems of heat: the heat of new motherhood, of uncertainty, and of grief. Here, the things of a teeming world—” the truck stacked with cut trees,” “the military jet, droning over,” and “the beachgrass, blown / with dusty miller sprout”—are bound for renewal and ruin. In poems spare and strange, Hays looks outward to lay bare the complexities of our emotional lives.
K. A. HAYS's poems, short fiction, and verse translations have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and widely in magazines and journals. Born in Pennsylvania, Hays was educated at Bucknell, Oxford, and Brown universities. She is director of the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets.
Title:WindthrowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887486193

ISBN - 13:9780887486197

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Table of Contents


Windthrow [When an oak leans]CrowOf GriefSkunk Cabbage TestamentWrackOf Outrageous FortuneI Asked the Flood, Are You Happy?Windthrow [Last night’s kindling]On the Day the World Is Forecast to End and Does Not

Sow and Reap

First LessonOr Only Here, BramblingMother Goose TestamentLove before LoveAnother Prophecy UnfulfilledEasterCrocusBroadforkRadishes and Any Small ThingWindflawIn Heat

Editorial Reviews

"K. A. Hays's Windthrow takes us on intimate pilgrimages into imperiled spaces. Its subtle, finely-tuned art gathers up perception in its fissures and folds and offers it back to us as vision.  Austere in their unwillingness to chatter, extravagant in their willingness to unflinchingly face each hollowing-out strangeness of mind and world, these poems are radiant wonders." - Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, National Book Award winner