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A Stick that Breaks and Breaks
Marianne Boruch

FIELD Poetry Series

Oberlin College Press
1997 • 120 pp. 7 x 8"
Poetry - American

$12.95 Paperback, 978-0-932440-80-8

In this remarkable book, her fourth collection of poems, Marianne Boruch continues to explore the world around her with curiosity, wry humor, searching skepticism, and thoughtful tenderness. Her poems range widely, letting themselves be triggered, often, by quite ordinary events and people, in order to launch themselves into unpredictable questions and considerations.

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From the Book:

Snow Falling

Before midnight it began and now
early morning, still
it is falling. The muffled crows. The loud cars
I can barely hear.
Inside the white apple
are the smallest seeds and I was told once
they were poison. Only the thickest
of the bare trees darken.

There’s a thought like this which took all night to settle: snow
that comes and comes, whether you
dream or not.

Everything in gauze. When a car passes
it is a puncture wound, a brief
tiny show of blood.
So much snow
one can’t see where the street
rides rough-shod, where
the curb refuses.

MARIANNE BORUCH'S recent work is a 7th collection of poems, The Book of Hours and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, both published in 2011. She’s currently on a Fulbright, teaching and writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:11:37 -0500