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Product Details

  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Plain View; First Edition edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189138600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891386008
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,068,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CB Follett's "Visible Bones" is an astonishing book. It turns the world upside down, shakes out its contents and sorts them out bone by bone, speck of dust by speck of dust, finding its own order and meaning in the detritus. It's as if the poet is collecting shards of history and connecting them in a poetic ritual of healing--for this is a deeply healing and connecting book. Like a telescope roaming from the gross to the subtle, Follett turns her poetic eye on the elemental gifts of the earth--the moon, the sky, the ground, but also to more essential gifts we might otherwise overlook--the tangle of ocean bull kelp, the strength of women's arms, water, clay, wisdom. She turns her gaze on the animal world, invoking a menagerie of bear, fish, turtle, hawk, skunk, snake, owl, moth, horse and bone. Then, she views the underbelly of the land and all its births and deaths--her neighbor's hemlock, the "loamy breath of worms," forest fungus beneath the feet, a broomstick "ridden out of deep earth/ rumbled along fissures and faults" and ice that "cares nothing for compass points." And when she scrutinizes the human creatures that dwell in our midst, the poems are deeply moving examinations of war, family, history (both personal and cultural), loss, and reconciliation that reveal the structures that both bind us together and keep us apart. These lines from "Multiplication" offer a window in to some of the many strengths and surprises of this stunning book: "Because we cannot live alone/I bend myself back upon my secrets/to allow you in, open my most cluttered/ closets to give you a place to hang/what you needed to bring with you."
Follet's artwork also graces the cover and inside of "Visible Bones" adding even more mastery to an incredible work of art.
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I found this book of poems to be both bright and dark. I would recommend that you read one peom per day so you do not get mixed up.
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