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Red Studio

Winner of the 2006 FIELD Poetry Prize, Red Studio is a collection of startling lyricism, vivid sensuality, and keen precision. Cornish’s poems tell about life and art and their interdependence. They are fierce, funny, and filled with a love of the world that acknowledges candidly how precarious it is--or rather, how brief our time in it must be.

78 pages | 6 x 9


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Table of Contents

PART ONE • Restoration • The Laws of Japanese Painting • The Lane • Lotus Feet • Cut Flowers • Tomb Painting • Body Ornament • Tomb Ritual: The Opening of the Mouth • We’re in the kitchen • Eating the Blossom • The Hat by Keats • Four Canopic Jars • Harp in the Form of a Woman Seated • PART TWO • Tomb Painting: The Chapter of Breathing Air • One of the Shapes • Some Years the Berries • Aubade • Conversations with Death • Prelude • The Art of Misdirection • Audubon Clock • Woodwinds • That Winter • The angel of silence is flying over us • Dragonflies • Coffin Text • In the middle of the night • Carnal Prayer Mat • Beauty as an Evolutionary Strategy • Household Alchemy • PART THREE • Remains • Fifteen Moving Parts • Reliquaries • Sideshow • Uncertainty Principle • A Long-Held Theory • Aerial View • Love and the Eiffel Tower • Numbers • Kamakura Buddha • We run home movies backward • Hand Shadows • Saigon Water-Puppet Show • Clearing the Table to Write • Incarnate • Gravity • Revision • Color Wheel • Hinged Earth • Legato • NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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