We Become Delicate Boats: Poems and Essays

We Become Delicate Boats: Poems and Essays

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My collection of poems and essays, We Become Delicate Boats, takes inspiration from a broad range of sources that shift into each other: paintings, pop culture, literary figures, dreams, relationships, faith, family, history. For example, some poems throw together unexpected bedfellows, like Kafka's Gregor Samsa and Marie Antoinette; others are anecdotal, like one that describes going on a blind date with a man who actually turns out to be blind, some re-imagine stories we already know, like one in the voice of Medusa, talking about which occasions call for her various snake qwigs.q Although quite a few pieces are playful, an underlying theme emerges: a simultaneous obsession and deep disturbance with frailty, with disfigurement. Through the poems and essays, I try to articulate that frailty, and find an attendant humor and beauty.Since the paper asked them to analyze the rhetoric on a website, I was teaching them about advertising, showing ... who was trying her best to look seventeen in order to land a modeling gig, and doing a disturbingly good job of it. I paused the anbsp;...

Title:We Become Delicate Boats: Poems and Essays
Author:Deja Anne Earley
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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