The Dirt Riddles: Poems

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University of Arkansas Press, 2009 - Poetry - 74 pages
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This powerful first collection and winner of the inaugural $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize is literally rooted in the earth and in the world of animal husbandry. You can taste these poems about life on a family dairy farm in your mouth. In these lyrical poems we meet a closeted young man, his parents, their herd, and the other flora, fauna, and objects that populate his surreal garden.
 

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The Dirt Riddles, poems by Michael Walsh Winner of the 2010 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize The Dirt Riddles is a sober and quiet reflection on rural life, composed by Michael Walsh. The poems ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter I
3
Wind
4
Haying the Fields
5
Flyover
6
Names for Ditch Flowers
7
First Kisses
8
Shore
9
Plantings
10
Family Farm
34
Mud Apples Milk
35
Evening Milkings
36
Chapter III
39
Blanket Game
42
Burlesque
43
Camouflage
44
Pinup
45

Buffalo Bones
11
After His Lessons from the Belt
12
Solo
13
Bully
14
Rock Picking
15
Grounding I
16
Chapter II
19
Food Chain
20
A Table Prayer
21
Weekly Horoscope
22
Overdue
23
Barn Clothes
24
Animal Diary
25
Barn Cat
26
June Calf
27
Matriarch
28
Fly Grammar
29
Surrogates
30
Mooo
32
New Tenants
33
The Dirt Riddles
46
Field Junk
47
Ear Skin and Bone Riddles
48
Grounding II
51
Star Chart
52
Lovers at Night with a Quilt
53
Field Burning
54
Chapter IV
57
The Flood
58
Paper Flesh
59
Newspapers from 1929
61
Dragline
62
Three SelfPortraits in a Dress
63
Handmade for Disasters
64
Tornado Junk
66
On Kissing My Husband at a Gas Station
67
Landscape with Forgotten Machines
68
Wish
69
Garden and Grave
70
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Michael Walsh is the author of a chapbook, Adam Walking the Garden. He is a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship and a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. A graduate of Knox College and the University of Minnesota (MFA), he works as a course coordinator in the English Department at the University of Minnesota and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is his first book.

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