Hams Beneath the Firmament: Poems

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Four Way Books, 2007 - Poetry - 73 pages
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Hams Beneath the Firmament, Terri Ford’s second books of poems, is a portrait-at-a-gallop, a series of drive-by rhymes, a lively foray into the “jello of elsewhere.” It is a book with sex, with budgies, with kissing the dead, and with Mid western livelihoods, with “counting asymptomatic / years.” A more rambunctious collection of poems does not exist, its “inkity blue” skies and “the way the wild-eyed speak // of the rapture” spectacularly its own. Original in its descriptions, and allowing pause for reflection amongst its rollercoaster of visions, Hams Beneath the Firmament is a tour-de-force collection.

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Contents

Roger
3
In the rowboat of his dozing Confucius wept
9
One View of Gonorrhea
15
Back Door Man
21
My Life as the Song of the Ratite
27
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About the author (2007)

TERRI FORD's first book of poems, Why the Ships Are She, was published by Four Way Books in 2001. A fellow at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, most recently, her poems have appeared in Agni, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Conduit, Forklift Ohio, and Ploughshares, among others, as well as in the anthology, Poetry Daily: The Best from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website (2003). She has received fellowships from The Kentucky State Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Ohio State Arts Council. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and works for a law firm.

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