Imaginal Marriage

Eleanor Stanford

Imaginal Marriage

Eleanor Stanford

Distributed for Carnegie Mellon University Press

72 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9780887486418 Published October 2018
The mesmerizing poems in Stanford’s third collection move deftly from the kiss of the hummingbird’s fringed tongue to apocalypse, from midwives’ magical cures to a gritty New Jersey overpass. The poems take place in Brazil, in the Interior, and in the home, another kind of interior, and the book is a journey through both, harrowing and rewarding. Stanford reminds us “[t]he same frame that contains us sometimes lets us go.”
Contents
Section I • Submerged River • Metaphysics • The fox • Sombre Hummingbird • Anorexic Sonnet • Ezra Becoming Kosher • Aphasic Sonnet • Medical History • Long-Billed Curlew • One-Room Cabin • November, your metal teeth • Dona Area • Lepidoptera of the Diamond Highlands • How Caves Are Formed • Section II • The Interior • Mary-close-the-door • Dona Terezinha’s Oriole • At the Lençóis River • Introduction to the Book of the Midwife • Dona Maria • The Lying-In • The Midwives • Dona Bela, Midwife of Lençóis • Dona França • Footling • Dona Orínia’s Hyacinth Macaw • Introduction to the Book of the Midwife • Dona Bela Recalls Her Seven Husbands • Folk Medicine • Dilation • Introduction to the Book of the Midwife • Nine-Banded Armadillo • Afterbirth • Sequelae • Section III • Wind Gap • Devil’s Pool • Centralia • With J., Discussing Grammar in the Anarchist Coffee Shop, West Philadelphia • Lovesick and sleepless, I recite the curandeira’s advice • Mary Lúcia, from her garden in Itaparica, 7000 kilometers away, diagnoses me • Small Towns of Southeastern PA • My sons taught me • Pennsylvania Turnpike • Romance Sonámbulo • Nomenclature • Trenton: Late May, Early Evening • As they say in Cataluña • September • Late Fall • You Know How to Love at a Distance • With Mary Lúcia and Luciana in Maracogipe • Outside a Dress Shop • Solstice • Field Guide to Wild Mushroom • We Should Always Remember the Unforeseen Can Happen
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