Incorrect Merciful Impulses

Incorrect Merciful Impulses

by Camille Rankine

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Overview

"A poet to watch."—O Magazine

"I tell the truth, but I try to be kind about it."—Camille Rankine in 12 Questions

Named "a poet to watch" by O Magazine, Camille Rankine's debut collection is a series of provocations and explorations. Rankine's short, lyric poems are sharp, agonized, and exquisite, exploring themes of doubt and identity. The collection's sense of continuity and coherence comes through recurring poem types, including "still lifes," "instructions," and "symptoms."

From "Symptoms of Aftermath":

…When I am saved, a slim nurse
leans out of the white light. I need
to hear your voice, sweetheart. I see
my escape. I walk into the water.
The sky is blue like the ocean,
which is blue like the sky.

Camille Rankine is the author of the chapbook Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a MacDowell fellowship, her poetry appears in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, and other publications. Currently, she is assistant director of the MFA program in creative writing at Manhattanville College and lives in Harlem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619321496
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Camille Rankine is the author of Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a MacDowell fellowship, her poetry appears in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Tin House, and other publications. Currently, she is Assistant Director of the M.F.A program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

1

Tender 5

Symptoms of Prophecy 7

Still Life with Spurious Picturesque 8

Dear Enemy 9

Symptoms of Island 10

Still Life Mechanical 11

Ex Machina 12

Letter to the Winding-Sheet 14

History 15

Necessity Defense of Institutional Memory 16

Always Bring Flowers 17

Fireblight 18

On the Motion of Animals 19

Symptoms of Sympathy 20

2

Still Life with Copernicus & Hypnophobia 23

Papier-Mâché and Other Human Resources 25

Vespertine 26

Failed Human Experiment 27

After the Fire, I Ask Myself 28

Symptoms of Prey 30

Outliving 32

Still Life with House Finch 33

The Problem of Death within Life 34

Symptoms of Optimism 35

Instructions for Modern Graffiti 36

Contact 37

The Current Isolationism 38

Wilt 40

Wake 41

Symptoms of Aftermath 43

3

The Increasing Frequency of Black Swans 47

Symptoms of Doctrine 48

Possession 50

Battle Damage Assessment 51

The Great Dying 52

From the Ground 54

Lament for the Living 55

Matter in Retreat 56

Little Children, My Apologie 58

Forbearance 59

Instructions for the Forest 61

Somewhere Else 63

Symptoms of Home 64

Genealogy 65

The Free World 66

Dry Harbour 68

Syzygy 70

We 71

Notes 75

About the Author 77

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