Mary Ruefle is an observer who seeks to bring sense and order to her world. This is a world that can span continents and centuries, but in each. the poem is defined by where she is at that moment. Many of the poems in Apparition Hill were written in or about China, and Ruefle brings an eye for the universal to what she finds in the exotic, as she transcends both time and geography.
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Instrument of the Highest
Down into Szechuan
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afraid APPARITION HILL barn beautiful bird block blue bluethroat bullfrog BUTTERNUT GUTTER century of half-reason cessation of weeping Charles Doughty clouds crickets CUL-DE-SAC dark dead DIARY OF ACTION dreams earth Empress Lu eyes farmlight fetus finger flashcard Franz Kafka fruit still uneaten glovebox gone green hands head heaven of February height of insanity hurtling insanity says lacquer Lady Ch'i LAPLAND last gray legs lichen light Lily litchi little Lap girl lives lowrider lunch Mary Ruefle meat loaf mention a rich moon mouth never night open then closed PAINE'S GRAVE pantless pearls picks Pluto poetry population of frogs rain rich population roll Rose after rose SANCTITY OF MUDDLE shakes shoes sleep smell snow stare street sweet Tartar girl tears things TIMBERLAND unyoung walk want a crate wild white ranunculus window wine wings XINGANG ZHONG LU yellow