Control Bird Alt Delete

Control Bird Alt Delete

by Alexandria Peary


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“‘Go play!’ advises Peary in her third collection, and we do, with ‘a tassel of rain,’ with ‘dove-colored sounds’ and ‘starter castles.’ The topos is New England archaeology; it’s Colorforms and Legos; Charley Harper landscapes become interiors; we are delighted to already find ourselves where we couldn’t possibly get to.”—Caroline Knox, author, Flemish: Poems

In Control Bird Alt Delete, the reader is invited to explore strange landscapes: some based on the ruins of New England and others following the architectural prints of the unconscious. The reader walks through woods filled with cellar holes, rock walls, and lilac bushes, and is made to think of people gone missing. Robert Frost meets Times Square. Nature intrudes in unexpected ways on domestic settings—and vice versa—domestic and industrial settings appear in bits inside the pastoral. Birds, one-dimensional but strangely wise, flit back and forth and rebelliously tape up their songs. The senses are thoroughly blended, leading to strange combinations and sensory experiences, to states of mindfulness and blizzard distraction.

All the while, the unconscious threatens to intrude, with its underlined places, its trap doors inside ordinary conversations, the mazes it hangs up like “welcome home” banners next to people’s mouths while they speak. The reader follows the first-person I through mazes, office spaces, and coils of highway traffic, hoping for some redemption, some sort of answer to all the deletion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609382452
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 03/01/2014
Series: Iowa Poetry Prize Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Alexandria Peary is the author of two previous books of poetry, Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers (2008) and Lid to the Shadow (2011). The latter was selected for the 2010 Slope Editions Book Prize. She is an associate professor at Salem State University in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Fridge 3

Like That 5

Deconstructing New England 6

Oh, Massachusetts 8

Lilacs as Chart 10

Lilacs 12

A Decal of Lilacs 14

After the Flute Lesson, a Unicorn Rainbow Sticker Walking into the Birch Forest 16

Bath Toys Sit in the Description 17

The Lottery of Winged Leaves 18

Bird Saver 20

Surveillance meteor 21

Exquisite Corpse 23

Come On, Over Here 25

A Dream Splashed with Ropes 27

A Dream Splashed with Ropes (2) 29

Go-Cart Inside a Fingerprint 30

Incidence of Meditation Hallucinogenous with Site-Specific Factors Involved in Reversible Day 1 31

"In hallways made of dashes" 33

The Ceiling 39

Song-Maze 41

A Lake in the Hand 43

Bird Finder 45

Bird Pattern 46

Bird Game 47

Composition Blue No. 2 (2012) 48

Brite Motes 50

A Strip of Woods at the Back of the Mind 52

Klee Carpets 54

Outsider Art 55

Lawn Ornaments, Robins, Ode to Clocks 57

Bird Insert 59

Winter Wonder World 60

Flora to Fauna 61

The Coil 62

Price 64

Tassel 66

Hallucinogenous Bullfighter, 1970 68

The Page-Dream 69

Ingredients 71

The Neighbors 73

Gift Basket 74

Spring Version 75

Bob's Keys to the Kingdom 77

Into the Diurnal Proofing Oven 78

Q&A 80

Yard Sale 81

Notes 83

Acknowledgments 85

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