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88 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. POETRY. Winner of the 2006 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize selected by Forrest Gander, this is poet Sarah Vap's first full-length poetry collection. Dummy Fire is a book full of surprises, its arms wide enough to encircle, it seems, all of creation, from the deeply personal to the existential. In Sarah Vap's debut book a mother's nose bleeds into tomato soup and a great blue heron is vivisected on a dinner table. There is nothing she is afraid to say. "Sarah Vap, " writes Forrest Gander, "combines an utterly unsentimental domestic tenderness with an attentiveness to the lives of plants and animals that never approaches 'nature poetry' because it never seems separated from that realm." And Norman Dubie adds, "she is brilliant and something entirely new under our sun." The Table of Contents is as follows: Everything Offered Happens • Kansas, my birth. • Sister Sleepwalks in Kona • Who knows how long this way • Nightmare • Land of Blue Snow: A Christmas Poem • do it the way god does it • Fisherman's Christmas • Paper tigers, paper snowflakes • Eventide • Crackpot • crying into the rushlight and candlelight of winter-how blake was born • Poem translated loosely from the Lithuanian • the midnight tree, oh grass • Christmas Morning: Dying the Saint's Beard • The Built-In Accident • Such Sunlight • What the greedy sun will do next • Birthright • The Two of Us At One O'Clock • Under the Window, a Square of Light • Cure Chair • X times X is X • Essay on Skinning a Fox • Burning the Tick off the Snake • Spring Ranch, Nebraska • What you've taught me-• more you never get to know • Conception of Thief-Horse (I am Thief-Horse) • On Trading Strings for Clefts • Earth's Second-Skin • A good head on my shoulders. • Midnight's Prism • the night finds hard to find • Thinned by fire, the groves-• Body on the Mountain • Snippets, overheard at his wedding • Patients in your letter • a dressing-down. a talking-to. the once-over clean-breast of it. • How we separate • Blue-Norther • The Hunters • January • Surly Piggies • Steak/Pork • Trees have been witness • Horse-Boat • Prophecy Spots. Sarah Vap is the author of American Spikenard (University of Iowa Press, 2007), winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, written after Dummy Fire but released the same year. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, where she teaches public schools for the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University. (Key Words: Sarah Vap, Poetry).
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