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The Academy of Hay
Julia Shipley
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The Academy of Hay

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Poetry. Julia Shipley's luminous debut collection lingers in the liminal spaces where transition and connection occur. With intelligence and compassion, THE ACADEMY OF HAY DELIVERS a feminist response to our world straight from the earth.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published August 4th 2015 by Bona Fide Books
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May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Among American poets of her generation, brilliant Julia Shipley is staunchly independent. If Tomas Tranströmer returned to us as a younger woman poet working her own small farm in Vermont, then Shipley, the author of this surprising book, The Academy of Hay, surely would be his embodiment. Each of her poems moves through a sudden threshold, confident that it is through the gaps in realizations where we really live. A tractor tire hurled down a gorge becomes an errant Cheerio; a barn “sits in the ...more
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Shipley, in Academy of Hay, brings together two worlds often seen as divergent: the world of language, of poetics, of lyric poems blended seamlessly with the the world of farming. Throughout the book, Shipley crafts smart, intellectual poems that sing off the page, that rise with idea, that are heavy and rich with image. And so many (most) of these poems deal with the art, the life, the act, the toil of farming. These poems are nourishment for both the mind and for the working body, they bridge ...more
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