How to avoid speaking / Jaimee Hills ;
- Chipping Norton, Oxon ; Baltimore, MD : The Waywiser Press, 2015.
92 pages ; 20 cm
- American poetry -- 21st century.
Authors, American -- Wisconsin.
- Place of Publication:
- United States Maryland Baltimore.
England Chipping Norton.
- How to Avoid Speaking is the latest winner of the prestigious Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, and was selected from almost 500 submissions by the English poet, editor, critic and anthologist, Anthony Thwaite. The collection is an exploration of speech, of sound and strange noises, which begins with the first confrontation with language and ends with a voice beyond the dead. It is a space where Brad Pitt becomes a 16th century anatomical drawing, where a Hemingway story melts under the threat of global warming, where Derrida agonizes over eating a Dorito. Through verse forms both innovative and traditional, Jaimee Hills's debut collection explores a philosophy of the awkward, and the memento mori, in an investigation of what it means to own a body and speak through it. -- Website.
- I. Synaethesia
Saxifrage is my flower that splits the rocks
How to avoid speaking
II. On S
Lo lee ta
Andy Warhol's wig
Wonder Woman's resumé
Frida Kahlo's eyebrows
III. Derrida eats a Dorito
Nothing rhymes with gitmo
Keys to the kingdom
The snows of Kilimanjaro are melting
Echo and Narcissus
Couple on display
Poet as anticapitalist
IV. Tonight the character of death will be played by Brad Pitt
Aubade of Resusci-Annie
The fascist poem
Ode to fear
Battle of the cricket
Noli me tangere
My sexist thesaurus
- A collection of poems.
Foreword by Anthony Thwaite.
Winner of the tenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, (2014).
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Laura Jan Meyerson Poetry Fund.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund.
RBC copy with ms. author's annotations throughout and author's inscription ("Dear reader. Please enjoy) on title page.
- Penn Provenance:
- Hills, Jaimee (autograph) (inscription) (RBC copy)
- Penn Chronology:
- Thwaite, Anthony, writer of foreword.
Friends of the Library Endowment Fund.
Laura Jan Meyerson Poetry Fund.
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