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Winner of the 2014 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye

Inspired by thrift store knit sleeves, punk rock record sleeves, and, of course, print book sleeves, Angela Sorby explores how the concrete world hails us in waves of color and sound. She asks implicitly, “What makes the sleeve wave? Is it the body or some force larger than the self?” As Sorbys tough, ironic, and subtly political voice repeatedly insists, we apprehend, use, and release more energy than we can possibly control. This collection includes two main parts—one visual, one aural—flanking a central pastoral poem sung by Virgilian sheep. Meant to be read both silently and aloud, the poems in The Sleeve Waves meditate on how almost everything—like light and sound—comes to us in waves that break and vanish and yet continue.

Synopsis:

Bird Skin Coat is 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 Sorby’s keen eye for blending images.


Synopsis:

Winner of the 2014 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

Angela Sorbys aural, accessible poems meditate on the sensory world—sound, light, chords, color—reaching us in waves that break and vanish and yet continue.

Synopsis:

Bird Skin Coat is 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 Sorby’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.

About the Author

Angela Sorby is an associate professor of English at Marquette University. She is the author of three books: Distance Learning: Poems; Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry; and Bird Skin Coat, winner of the 2009 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.

Table of Contents

Part One

Bird Skin Coat   

Breathing Out Smoke   

Nostalgia for the Present   

Rose   

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   

Part Two

Kickflip   

The Attic of the Attic   

Prosperity   

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   

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299231941
Author:
Sorby, Angela
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
90
Dimensions:
9 x 7 x 0.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Bird Skin Coat is 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 Sorby’s keen eye for blending images.


"Synopsis" by ,
Winner of the 2014 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry

Angela Sorbys aural, accessible poems meditate on the sensory world—sound, light, chords, color—reaching us in waves that break and vanish and yet continue.

"Synopsis" by ,
Bird Skin Coat is 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 Sorby’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.
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