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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Moon City Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913785768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913785768
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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How will the world end? In a bang? A whimper? These are the questions that poet Jeannine Hall Gailey explores in her newest collection, Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize. Through a series of postcards, lists, and fragments of scribbles, Gailey looks at how we may face the end, on a global scale (the disappearance of bees and other nature ailments, bombs and wars, and biological warfare) and on a more personal scare (illness, disappearances, and death). A wonderful addition to the Jeannine Hall Gailey collection of poetry!
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Every time that I pick up a new collection by JHG I promise myself that I will savor it, a poem a day. Every time I end up tearing through as though nothing exists in the world except her poetry.

Field Guide to the End of the World is the darkest of Gailey's collections, surveying apocalypses great and small, global and personal. Despite this, there is still humor, still an appreciation for the beauty of life, still, even, hope. Postcards dot the collection like bread crumbs, and if you follow them you can find a single story through the destruction, the hopeless and unquenchable story of one lover writing to another although there is no longer a postal system, a government, even an address remaining. The end of days, Gailey prompts us, is not about dying. It is about life, and how it is lived.
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If you're the type of person who binge watches "The Walking Dead," you'll want this book. If you've seen every post-nuclear apocalypse film and can rank them in order of importance, you'll want this book.

But even if your tastes don't run to the apocalyptic, you must read this book. In her lyrical and haunting explorations of possible end games, Jeannine Hall Gailey reminds us of why we savor this world, and why it's worth fighting to save it.
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The end of the world is coming—ack, it’s here, and Jeannine Hall Gailey wants to help us find our way, via what looks to be a well-worn atomic age textbooky field guide.

Field Guide to the End of the World is Ms. Gailey’s fifth poetry book. I have read The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and thought I knew what I was getting into with her newest (oldest?) book. Ah, but while there are similarities, the author has let her playful side out to romp through the debris of our final days.

The book sorts poems into groupings, which is nice for slipping into a frame of mind and lingering there a while. My favorite section, and I am pretty sure many readers will agree with this, is “Cultural Anthropology”. It’s a bit like reading the literary version of a Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode, while watching the Food Channel on the side and sneaking peeks over to Netflix. The name that pops out of the poetry listings immediately, is, of course, Wile E. Coyote (super genius), who’s been living in a post-apocaplyse world since most of us wore footed jammies. Who better to enlist than this ill-fed quasi-predator to be one of the guides on our journey? As it turns out, that guide is as lost as the rest of us, but we can take comfort in wandering in circles together.

My personal favorite is “Letter to John Cusack, Piloting a Plane in an Apocalypse Movie”. Take some time to linger on each phrase, and remember. As the saying goes, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it will become a part of you. Actually, it already was, you just needed open eyes to see it.

But I didn’t simply hunker down (though hunkering down during the end days certainly has its merit) in the ‘funny’ chapter.
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It is really unfair to choose, but if I had to, I think my favorite of the five sections in this book might be the second, "Cultural Anthropology," because I loved every poem, like being allowed to eat an entire box of Almond Roca without getting sick afterwards. . But the line that keeps reeling through my mind is from "Grieving" near the end: "All I can do is capture these reminders, frame by frame, / these calls to life, to bleeding and feeding and ferociously / taking up space and time. *Here*, these flowers say, *here we were.*"

They choke me every time. Tears come. I feel tender toward the world, toward people and places and what will come after. I count myself lucky to have those three lines to keep. Thank you.
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