Bad Harvest

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Bad Harvest

Dzvinia Orlowsky

Distributed for Carnegie Mellon University Press

80 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9780887486388 Published October 2018
This powerful sixth collection of poetry is like some kind of new world Genesis singing its stories with lyric, grace, comic intuition and tragic force. The poet leads us over the remains of drought, along empty riverbeds that run parallel to failure and death, but then twists to capture a more elusive truth, pluck one last grain to hold, redeeming a bad harvest to sow hope in this soiled world. Bad Harvest burns like revelation.
Contents
I • Playing Opossum • Out of the Woods • Mahogany Box • The Fortieth Day • Napoleonic Series, 1974 • Electric Lady • Lord Taylor • Chandelier • Communicants • Rolling • At the End of Your Life • Fack You • Given Plums • Vegriville Egg • Let the Dead Bury the Dead • Bare-Assed Hell • Pleasure Pit • Why I Hate Nudist Camps • II • Bad Harvest (A Sequence) • Swallow • 500 Grams of Bread • Dnister River Snails • Eating Grass • Shortly Before Deaths • Want • I am not afraid to speak of this • The Weakest of Children • Invisible Departures • Inventory • Stone Cross • Losing My Language • Ivan the Fly Eater • Pussy Riot/Want/Don’t/Want • Hope Was a Thing with Pink Feathers: Oksana Baiul • Kalendar • III • Glue Wind • Elegy • Our Names • Acrostic Caustic • Purchasing Respirators at Home Depot for My Family/Post 2016 Election • Fine Despite • Age of Osteo Collosus • Boston Burning: Mission Hill, 1984 • Separate Bodies • Folding A Stranger’s Laundry • Notes
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