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The Geographic Cure
Ellen Dudley

Four Way
2007 • 89 pp. 6 x 9"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-74-0

“Another time, another day, another continent perhaps and life would be better, lovers happier, the dead un-dead” is the sought-after “geographic cure” in the title of Vermont poet Ellen Dudley’s powerful second book. Traveling through North America, into South America, and to the islands of the Philippines, these visceral poems present landscapes and habitats with verve and perception. Equally vivid are the people and animals who occupy these worlds, and the relationships they travel into. Dudley writes of sex and power, lust and violence, with a stunning capacity for lyric poignancy together with stark detail.

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“Ellen Dudley’s The Geographic Cure has a precision of language and an erotic muscularity that make her poems not only unique but a pleasure to read.”—Stephen Dobyns

From the Book:


Feed the birds, tie up the peony
and mow the lawn. Now
the earth takes another
pass around the sun. And it is
summer. We're tilting northward
now, tilting and the dogs roll and
the grass and food grow and
the cats chase the birds on
the other side of the glass. And yes,
today is cool and windy and
the pond is filled with cat's paws
and trout. Another day. Perfect
day. And gone.

ELLEN DUDLEY is the author of Slow Burn (1997). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Agni, Massachusetts Review, Phoebe, The Poetry Miscellany, and TriQuarterly, among other magazines. She is the winner of a Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowship and fellowships to the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the Vermont Studio Center. She is founding editor/publisher of The Marlboro Review. She lives in Marlboro, Vermont.

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