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Erica Funkhouser’s fifth collection considers what it means to be earthly. These are poems in which a one-eyed hawk observes us from “the wide realm of his rapt patience” and a group of long-buried foundation stones works its way back to the earth’s surface like “ceremonial animals, their throats unslit.” The central poem in the collection, “Pome,” cuts into the mythos of ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published March 12th 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Rae
Jan 29, 2009 Rae rated it really liked it
Most enjoyed the very first poem in the book, "Gardener, As Seen From Above," which closes:

a slave to earth. Abandoned from above.
It's true. We cannot keep her from herself.


There's a texture to the poems that is simple and just slightly rough, slough-y, in spots - I loved the sound and feel of many of these poems, but didn't find myself getting drawn into their messages. I wanted to read out loud through at least half of the book - there's lots of internal music to get involved with. Alas, I did
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