Bird Skin Coat

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-16
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Bird Skin Coatis brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent-doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars-this collection reflects Sorbyrs"s keen eye for blending images. As they shuttle between the Upper Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, these poems explore how the radical instability of the world is also the source of its energy. Honorable Mention, Posner Book-Length Poetry Award, Council for Wisconsin Writers Winner, Best Book of Poetry, Midwest Book Awards

Author Biography

Angela Sorby is associate professor of English at Marquette University. Her work has appeared in the Sycamore Review, Southern Review, and National Poetry Review. She is the author of two books, Distance Learning and Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry.

Table of Contents

Bird Skin Coat
Breathing Out Smoke
Nostalgia for the Present
Whose Woods These Are
Neighborhood Watch Small Talk
Middle Distance
Erin's Leather Jacket
Dragons of the Bible
Walking Directions
What Helen Caught
Catch and Release
Conversion Narrative
Mountain of Names
The Snow-Woman
The Diagnosis Insomnia
The Attic of the Attic
Flyover State
Taj Mahal
American Camel
Sky Falling on Cedars
Sleeping with Stars
Forest Floor
Sleeping in the Pioneer Rooms
Objects Made Real by Observation
Night Train to Whitefish
In the Good Pain Wing
Six Degrees of Separation
Transport to Sumer
Museum Study
First Lady of the War
Dove and Dove
The Urn
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The woman he hit
is still 42. She notes with wonder
how her parka fits her perfectly
the way a dove’s skin holds
the whole bird together.
is not a thing with feathers,
it’s old, bald, and blind,
a pope who can’t decipher
the man’s name,
          David Pratt,
as he scrawls it on scratch paper.
—excerpt from “Bird Skin Coat”
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Excerpted from Bird Skin Coat by Angela Sorby
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