What Are Big Girls Made Of?

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1997-03-04
  • Publisher: Knopf

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Opening with a powerful cycle of elegies for her long-distant, half-brother, this major new collection by one of our bestselling poets then goes on to include both serious and funny poems about women and poems about the precarious balance of nature, ending with the beautiful, life-affirming "The Art of Blessing the Day." 160 pp.

Table of Contents

Brother-less one: Sun godp. 3
Brother-less two: Palimpsestp. 5
Brother-less three: Never good enoughp. 7
Brother-less four: Liars' dancep. 11
Brother-less five: Truth as a cloud of mothsp. 13
Brother-less six: Unconversationp. 15
Brother-less seven: Endless endp. 18
What are big girls made of?p. 23
Pop-siclep. 27
Elegy in rock, for Audre Lordep. 29
A day in the lifep. 32
The promotionp. 36
A little monumentp. 37
Half vulture, half eaglep. 39
The grey flannel sexual harassment suitp. 41
All systems are upp. 43
Between two Hamletsp. 45
All day all night talk radiop. 48
The thiefp. 50
The new Rock Island Linep. 52
For two women shot to death in Brookline, Massachusettsp. 54
Moonburnp. 61
Liars' dicep. 62
A warm place becomes a cold placep. 63
All lovers have secret namesp. 66
Little acts of lovep. 67
The negative ion dancep. 68
Dance of the treesp. 69
Your standard mid life crisisp. 70
Duet that trails offp. 72
Salt in the afternoonp. 74
Belly goodp. 75
The puzzlep. 77
The retreatp. 79
Reshaping each otherp. 81
On guardp. 82
Ancient woodp. 85
Blizzard in Marchp. 86
March comes in on cleft hoovesp. 87
The visitationp. 88
The voice of the gracklep. 90
Thousands of morning mothsp. 92
In June, the young deer are almost tamep. 93
Death of a doe on Chequesset Neckp. 96
The sky changesp. 97
A quick and quiet onep. 99
Crow babiesp. 101
The levelp. 103
October eclipsep. 104
Off season rentalp. 106
Trying our metalp. 108
Transfixed on the bankp. 109
Syzygyp. 110
My boap. 115
If we can't find it, we make itp. 117
The world from belowp. 118
Growing up hauntedp. 119
The flying Jewp. 121
My rich uncle, whom I only met three timesp. 124
On the road in middle agep. 126
Diana inaccessiblep. 128
Reflections on a mirrorp. 129
The descent of Orpheep. 131
The meanp. 134
Kaddishp. 137
Season of breakagep. 138
After the wind abated, he walked out and diedp. 141
Season of the eggp. 143
Matzohp. 145
A twitch in timep. 146
Targetsp. 148
The price begins to mountp. 150
The world unbandagedp. 152
Coming up on Septemberp. 153
Breadcrumbsp. 155
The art of blessing the dayp. 157
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