Ornament

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University of North Texas Press, Apr 15, 2017 - Poetry - 88 pages
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In this debut collection, Anna Lena Phillips Bell explores the foothills of the Eastern U.S., and the old-time Appalachian tunes and Piedmont blues she was raised to love. With formal dexterity—in ballads and sonnets, Sapphics and amphibrachs—the poems in Ornament traverse the permeable boundary between the body and the natural world.
 

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Contents

Midafternoon
5
Qualifications for One to Be Climbed by a Vine
7
Trillium
8
Ornament
10
Piedmont
12
Pears
15
Fall Swim
16
Trifoliate Orange
17
Crosses
41
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
44
Strike
45
Girl at the State Line
46
Green Man
47
And Not Look Back
48
Stitch
49
To Do in the New Year
55

Unhomemaking
18
Mapping
19
Girl at the State Line
21
Im Going Back to North Carolina
27
Unfinished Story
29
Limax maximus
30
Knot
33
The Waxweed Girl
34
Wand
35
Proem
36
Strapless
37
Dishwashing
38
Shade
40
The Royal Typewriter Company Delivers by Parachute 1927
57
Sunday
58
Nesting
59
When the Fire Comes Down from Heaven
61
Honeysuckle
62
Early Blackberries
63
Roustabout
64
Overture
65
June Swim
66
Sprout Wings and Fly
67
Hush
69
Some Songs and Tunes
71
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Anna Lena Phillips Bell’s poems have appeared in the Southern Review, 32 Poems, and Poetry International. The recipient of an NC Arts Council Fellowship, she teaches at UNC Wilmington and is editor of Ecotone. She lives with her family near the Cape Fear River.

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