Bird Eating Bird: Poems (National Poetry Series)

A winner of the 2008 nationwide Poetry sequence mtvU Prize as chosen by means of Yusef Komunyakaa (winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Kristin′s paintings perpetuates NPS′s culture of selling extraordinary poetry from lesser recognized poets.

Her poems are playful and critical all of sudden. They discover the richness of her cultural and linguistic background, which spans the globe from Mexico to the Philippines. They guard with energy and humor the colour crimson. they usually examine the insecurities of the letter ′h′ -- between different things.

For thirty years, the nationwide Poetry sequence has stumbled on many new and rising voices and has been instrumental in launching the careers of poets and writers reminiscent of Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Denis Johnson, Cole Swensen, Thylias Moss, Mark Levine, and Dionisio Martinez.

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She asks what uppo is and that i inform her how my auntie grew the woody fruit via foot-long beans, tomatoes my father claimed to develop on his personal. If she wishes extra, I’ll record constituents like a poem, like garlic onion, flooring red meat, and potatoes. greens I don’t have phrases for stew for an hour in that poem. We don’t final lengthy ahead of the blitz of glossy packaging overwhelms her. One sea eco-friendly cellophane submits to a lime, pea, then a teal wrapper, the fortunate elephant or lotus stamp, the pictures of curious nutrition goods that luxuriate in broth, a comic strip comic strip of a boy’s face above a few steam traces and a bowl— pride the perspective that his eyes slant as he devours the noodles. manufacturers we differentiate by way of script, every one lilt depicts the trail a language takes to overcome, infiltrate, or float. a few brushstrokes lead to a tip sharp as my tongue whilst I dish out out of date, Asian woman barking. The aisles feed right into a basin the place aquariums line the partitions, and fish glint underneath fluorescent gentle bulbs. while I say, So beautiful, i believe accountable consuming them, that’s now not the half it. subsequent week, we trade-in extra attractiveness to buy on the markets my mom took me—and I nonetheless store as if my female friend and that i had by no means met, the place we fish beans from bins; sidestep previous women throwing elbows on the fruit packing containers; scales unraveling off a fish while a butcher knocks the daylights out of it. And in time come the nutrients we dine on chook that stinks of piss-soaked feathers. LANGUAGE POETRY / GRANDMA’S ENGLISH Dos / doze / these / ft shuffles via my head while Grandma speaks, consonants blurred from her mouth a flat tire. not able to make out every one observe I try out interpreting lips, What / that / cat girl, yet turn out misplaced. Her lips comfortable, bursts of sound fretting via them. You muddy her, Grandma barks at my father. You muddy her, she drives you grazy. a baby, i admire their arguments, by no means totally knowing what Grandma capacity while she tells Dad, She get you rosin / rousing / rosing. You watch. She geep riding you grazy. even though I do get whilst Grandma says, / gahng /, for can, and whilst she says, / gahng /, for can’t. whilst she curses, wishes sympathy—like, / Gahng / it uncooked meat. It provides gancer. glance it’s / rrrud /, she blusters. Her r like she’s beginning a garden mower. / Rrraw / meat, Charlie, she argues, indicates it to my father. Marinade, he solutions. And Grandma offers up. A martyr she says, pass on, it it. Her tongue forcing sparks from our loved ones English. good looks whilst she grabs her chest and sighs, I gahng move up dos stairs, Charlie. My artwork, my artwork! O the Eyes that would see me, And the Mouth that might kiss me. And the Rose i'll stand on, And the Hand that might flip me. —José García Villa TRES MUJERES 1. She watches from the chair. fans release the hatches of every other’s shirts. Crowbarring in their wasp-sprung mouths the place lips eave jointly. Their bras barbed to the mattress. while their palms sigh into position the fireside toolery. In an hour or so the telephone earrings.

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