Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780967022499 Published August 2009

Bone Strings

Anne Coray

Anne Coray

Distributed for Scarlet Tanager Books

77 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2005
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780967022499 Published August 2009

like a dark flame burned

my minds’s petty length.

 I’m tired of human clamor,

smudge and clutter of the world.

Who wants to go on

governed by the same rude horns,

 the demagogues, the rabble?

 

Anne Coray is unapologetic in her attempts to bring the plight of the environment to the masses. Her words are forthright, her language is clear—but Coray’s poems are not to be mistaken as easy. Bone Strings is a harrowing, magnificent, and morbid examination of Alaska’s jeopardized wilderness.

Contents

I

 

To A Father, Lost

One March Animal’s Desire

Heracleum lanatum

Scrimshaw

Common Measures

Grounded

Ars Poetica

Open Water

Mock River

The Origin of Instruments

Divested

Elegy for Four Wolves Killed by a Neighbor Last December

The Sea Cow

December Rain

 

II

 

Beneath Sleeping Lady

Interiors of the Image

Foofaraw

Etymological Travelogue

Alaskan Born

Fall Equinox Reunion

An Afternoon

And This Late Vow

Unlit

After a Fashion

Alaskan

Absence I & II

Eight Songs

-40°

Mail Run

The Ptarmigan

Waiting

Dirge

Landscape in November

Rhythmics

Joe

In the Margins

Ivory

Kinships

 

III

 

From What Col

Grain

Election Day: Reading Chevigny and Thinking About Referendum Six

Dolly

Directions

Just West of Home

Interim

January Thaw

Taxidermy

Tanka Contra Natura

Word Problem

Clearing

October Snow

Becoming the Moon

What Would You Like to Do Before You Die

Recovery

Beach Walk: Kenai Bluffs

The Unexalted

Night Petals

 

Notes

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