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Kurosawa’s Dog
Dennis Hinrichsen



FIELD Poetry Series

Oberlin
2009 • 79 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - American

$14.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-34-1



This collection, Hinrichsen’s fifth and most accomplished, will intrigue readers with poems that take, again and again, journeys of risk and insight, rising into vision and rueful delight. Winner of the 2008 FIELD Poetry Prize, Kurosawa’s Dog displays an astonishing range of feeling, form, and human compassion. Its landscapes are both Midwestern and global.

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“The poems in this collection—born out of father and Iowa and desert, born out of the burning and visionary places—possess a gravitational pull so powerful I can feel the great bards of the language (Dickinson, Stevens, Bishop) craning over my shoulder to read.”—John Rybicki

From the Book:

Does Not Sleep

My father has pulled this fish out of me. A northern pike
he lays on a bed of ice in a bathtub, Minnesota, 1958,
so I am up all night slapping my hands in the wet,
saying, you little son of a bitch, and letting its cold flanks
say back to me the rouged cheek or the bare asses of
waves,
so that the beating (along the shore) is already
built into the shape, and the waves in that part of night
are lullaby. Both parent and child grow groggy, sleep.
But the fish does not sleep. It is a child buried
in a snowbank, a white tunnel collapsed. Somebody
has dug all night to find this body, this meat—a
tremor of muscle, its lips pulled back, teeth bared.



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