You Were That White Bird

Poems

Shelley Girdner

A collection of poetry on the transformation of love over time.
Date Published :
May 2016
Publisher :
Bauhan Publishing
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9780872332201
Pages : 90
Dimensions : 8.5 X 6.5 inches
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$16.50

Overview
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Shelley Girdner’s first full-length poetry collection looks at the lifespan of a relationship – from the beginning of love until its end, and how different it can look with time and distance. Her poems combine birds and biblical imagery with modern relationships. She splits the book into three sections: “The way desire works,” “The blue hood,” and “You were that white bird.”

About The Author
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Shelley Girdner’s poems have been published in several journals, including most recently Hunger Mountain and Painted Bride Quarterly, as well as The Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, and others. She’s been a featured poet in the Aurorean, a finalist for the Slapering Hol chapbook prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Before there were birds
THE WAY DESIRE WORKS
Green Stamps
AD + SG 4 ever
Archetypal Rendering of the Male-Female Relationship
We Used to Call Ourselves Kali
My matryoshkas
Thrift-store purses
The reply
Prequel: Hansel and Gretel's stepmother
Clairvoyance
The long picnic
Two is
The poem
The Persian poets
Viva Glam!
THE BLUE HOOD
The shore
creation song
God speaks to Adam
Abandoned Mine
The first birth
After the change
Cain
What to think of
Passover
The back way
Christmas Eve
With apologies to Hendrik Hertzberg, I will never finish reading your article
3 AM magician
The blue hood
The swallowed world
Asylum
The little house
galaxy of orphans
The ghosts
Some paths,
After-fire
Denning
Triolet
The prayer
Eve at 80
Smokestack, 6 AM
The first place
YOU WERE THAT WHITE BIRD
Avian
In defense of the tooth fairy
Halloween
Dinosaur eggs
Sky
A snowstorm every week for a month
willow tree in snow
Sad bus
Building kites with the ghost of Virgina Woolf
Brood
Pilgrims on the road
New Year's Day
Paperwhite in winter
The white car
You were that white bird
Sometime in April
The white mare
The eggs
Substance
Dear chick, dear hen-speck
Acknowledgments

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