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 Johnny Appleseed, the biology of apples, and the poet's own experience of growing up on a farm. The final section of the book contains sonnets written as ...

Earthly 2008, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA

ISBN-13: 9780618933426