Do Not Peel the Birches

Do Not Peel the Birches (Paperback)

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Do Not Peel the Birches
Purdue University Press
6.00" x 9.00"

Book Description

In her second collection of poems, Fleda Brown Jackson holds with a meditative rapture to the place she call home-home as family, the source of trouble and joy; home as the embellished stories of family; and home as a place called Central Lake. And when the poems move outward-to Stonehenge, Edinburgh, Kitty-Hawk, Roanoke, St. Pete Beach, and the Mississippi River-the past keeps resonating. At last, the voice that remembers becomes "nothing but a riding, a hunger." "If I were a swan," she imagines, "The world would move / under me / and I would always be exactly / where I am."

About the Author(s):

Fleda Brown Jackson's poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and many other journals. Her first collection of poems, Fishing With Blood (Purdue University Press, 1988), won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. Her second collection, Do Not Peel the Birches (Purdue University Press, 1993) was chosen by Gerald Stern as the winner of the Verna Emery Prize. She also has a chapbook, The Earliest House, published in 1993 by Yarrow. She holds a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Arkansas and is co-editor of Critical Essays on D.H. Lawrence (G.K. Hall, 1988). She and her husband live in Newark, Delaware, where she is a Professor of English at the University of Delaware. She has two children.