The True Keeps Calm Biding Its Story (Sawtooth Poetry Prize Series Modern and Contemporary Poetry)

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Poetry. Winner of the 2008 James Laughlin Award. In the aftermath of her father's death, the speaker of Rusty Morrison's exquisitely formed poems takes a step-by-step accounting of her transformation as she reconciles herself to loss. This book-length sequence is the silvery underside of elegy, a lyric of living acceptance paced with "the linen texture of right silences." "Rusty Morrison's THE TRUE KEEPS CALM BIDING ITS STORY brilliantly restores the energy of telegraphic communication, launching line after line toward a potentially infinite horizon of meaning. Her careful handling of form allows knowing to remain both openly discrete and discretely open. This is a joyous read and a remarkable book"--Peter Gizzi.

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Rusty Morrison's first poetry collection, Whethering, won the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing 2004), selected by Forrest Gander. She has been a recipient of the Cecil Hemley (2006), and Robert H. Winner (2003) Memorial Awards from The Poetry Society of America, which also awarded the true keeps calm biding its story the Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize for a manuscript in progress.

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please advise stop
attempting again proximity with the dead as though they stay in place unmoved stop

as though I could measure closeness if I scratched it with tiny marks stop

opened again the fine pleating that opening each time damages stop
as if it were a stranger‚’s hand my hand again replaying the reaching out it failed to do stop

gauging the weight of each inherited object ignoring the object itself stop

dwelling increasingly on the floor between memory and involuntarily pushing memory

away stop
a few darknesses are inward a few are outward pointing branches in a stand of poplars stop

reason can‚’t bring over something on the verge of real but unwilling to become it stop

I can paint any blue on a ceiling and none on the sky please advise

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