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Dolefully, A Rampart Stands

Dolefully, A Rampart Stands

by Paige Ackerson-Kiely


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A collection of haunting, image-rich poems about isolation, captivity, and vanishing.

The poems in Paige Ackerson-Kiely's third collection are set primarily in the rural northeast of America, and explore rural poverty, entrapment, captivity, violence, and a longing to vanish. Ranging from free verse to a long noir prose poem, they examine who her, or our, "captors" might be. Ackerson-Kiely is interested in characters who are aware of their foibles, and who find ways to turn away from those problems in search of connection and freedom.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143132684
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Penguin Poets
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 531,709
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of two poetry collections, In No One's Land and My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer. She is a generalist and lives in Peekskill, New York.

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Inventory of Ramparts
The pier shed its long splinters into the lake.
A dinghy rubbed the side of the dock but the dock was still.
Some kids ditched a canoe in the reeds
—the boy’s voice was a reed—
they pulled it up the embankment by a rope where no one could see it from water
or shore. His voice covered everything.
This isn’t an opportunity to talk about the body,

how many dogs you get to have over the course of a life. I’d reckon 6, if you take
good care of them. I’m going back in time to hold the boy’s head underwater.
Just to give him a little scare. The canoe had vanished when they returned
and his voice became a basket pushed down a river—nothing specific—
and anyway, this isn’t an occasion to talk about the body. I’m busy going, I need

to go, back through those boggy years to kiss all of the dogs. Hard, on the mouth.

Table of Contents

Inventory of Ramparts 1

The Lesson 5

Inheritance 6

Shine 7

Simple Story Of Illumination 8

The Rose Bush 9

The Cardinal 10

Folding Chairs 11

S. 12

Laconia 13

Murmuration 15

All Around The Mulberry Bush 16

The Pine Tree 17

Working Stiff 21

Adopting a New Currency 22

Work as a Man 23

Captivity 24

Winter Moth 25

Meadow Redaction 26

Ballad of Little Preparation 28

Liberation Poem 29

The Grandmothers 30

Hole in the Wall 31

Administration 32

Book About a Candle Burning in a Shed 35

Love Poem #41 59

Ellesmere Island 60

Springtime in America 61

How the Town Looks 63

Made to Lie Down in Green Pastures 65

Exposure 72

Trestle 73

The Last Thing You See 74

Notes 77

Acknowledgments 79

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