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Publisher Comments:

Billiter’s poems, spaced to stutter on the page, create a compelling yet dark world of small-town childhood that is disorienting and not all that bucolic. The town of Shinbone is an intense place: boys set bottles of cheap aftershave on fire, which segues with uncomfortable ease into grandmother’s killing axe dispatching chickens and Soup’s hand shredded in the corn dryer.

This collection pushes a recollected past to an extreme, replacing memory with myth and lacing narratives of disfigurement, accident, wildness, and murder with a strange enchantment. Childhood here is no idyll, but rather the dreamlike entryway to the desires, doubts, and dismay of adulthood.

About the Author

William Billiter is Director of Foundation, Corporate, and Government Relations at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

After a Night of Steady Rain

Solitaire

Migrations

Acolytes at the Altar

Sweet Little Nothings

At the Grain Elevator

Snapshot from Shinbone

Covet

Uncle Ersel's Thumbs

One for the Boy, Leaning

Nothing Burns Quite so Good as Your Daddy's Aftershave

Long about the Third Watch

By Proxy

Where Are Our Dear Mothers

Pallbearers

Salt Lick

While the Lips Cover the Teeth

And They Were Scattered

The Light Shall Not Be Clear nor Dark

Violetta e Cristina

Them Which Were Vexed

Lima South

Clot

Backcountry

Still Life

D

Chokecherry

Wanted:

October Last, Sally

Depth Charge

Positive Crankshaft Ventilation

Nebuchadnezzar's Confession to Prometheus

Lower Reserve

Goodbye Is a BB Ricochets in Your Eye

The Lineman

The Final Syllable

Ain't No Sense to Make of It Lest You Call It What It Is

To My Blue-Changed Opinion

Houses Hushed, Holy

Every Day Is Arbitrary

Hypotheses

Where All That Walks Wild Is

First Adultery

Stutter

Obedience

Maybe Stink

Product Details

ISBN:
9780820338811
Author:
Billiter, William
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The National Poetry Series
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 0.23 lb

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