The Clearing: Poems

Milkweed Editions (Verlag)
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  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 88 Seiten
978-1-57131-514-4 (ISBN)
Winner of the 2020 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, The Clearing is "a lush, lyrical book about a world where women are meant to carry things to safety and men leave decisively."

Luminous and electric from the first line to the last, Allison Adair's debut collection navigates the ever-shifting poles of violence and vulnerability with a singular incisiveness and a rich imagination. The women in these poems live in places that have been excavated for gold and precious ores, and they understand the nature of being hollowed out. From the midst of the Civil War to our current era, Adair charts fairy tales that are painfully familiar, but never forgetting that cruelty compels us to search for tenderness. Here we wonder, "What if this time instead of crumbs the girl drops / teeth, her own, what else does she have"?

The Clearing knows the dirt beneath our nails, both alone and as a country, and pries it gently loose until we remember something of who we are, "from before...from a similar injury or kiss." There is a dark beauty in this work, and Adair is a skilled stenographer of the silences around which we orbit. Described by Henri Cole as "haunting and dirt caked," her unromantic poems of girlhood, nature, and family linger with an uncommon, unsettling resonance.
  • Englisch
  • Minneapolis
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  • USA
  • Pappband
  • Höhe: 216 mm
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  • Breite: 140 mm
978-1-57131-514-4 (9781571315144)
Originally from central Pennsylvania, Allison Adair is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review Online, North American Review, and ZYZZYVA, among other journals. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the Florida Review Editors' Award, the Orlando Prize, and first place in Mid-American Review's Fineline Competition, Adair lives in Boston, where she teaches at Boston College and GrubStreet.
The Clearing


After the Police Have Been Called

Letter to My Niece, in Silverton, Colorado

As for the Glossy Green Tractor You Were


Week Six of the Fire

Self-Portrait as Cenotaph



First Plow at Red Mountain Pass

Herr's Ridge, 1983: A Reenactment

Fine Arts



What We Should Really Be Afraid Of



Ways to Describe a Death Inside Your Own Living Body

Mother of 2 Stabbed to Death in Silverton

Local Music


Advice for the New Mother

Crown Cinquain for the Tattooed Man I Refused

He Waited for Days

As I Near Forty I Think of You Then

When Horses Turn Down the Road

Letter to My Foundling: #235, Boy

Memento Mori: Bell Jar with Suspended Child


Western Slope

Whale Fall

If Imagination and Memory Met Unexpectedly, One Last Time

Morning Tea

Mine Fire at Centralia

Stopping Over the Arno

City Life

Flight Theory

What Falls Behind

No Response

Recurring Dream

Crown Cinquain for a Lost Child, Eight Years Later

At the Park One Day, My Six-Year-Old Asks If Mermaids Are Real

The Age We Were

Local History

River Bone


Disaster at Gold King Mine

The Big Thinkers

RD 8 Box 16A (Rural Route)

Bear Fight in Rockaway
"A dark and bodily nod to folk- and fairy-tale energy." -Boston Globe

"The Clearing is a lush, lyrical book about a world where women are meant to carry things to safety and men leave decisively. Out of dry farming soil come these wise, mineral-like poems about young motherhood, mining disasters, miscarriages, memory, and much more. Allison Adair's poems are haunting and dirt caked, but there is also a tense beauty everywhere. I found The Clearing devastating."-Henri Cole

"'What if this time instead of crumbs the girl drops / teeth, her own, what else does she have...' So begins Allison Adair's The Clearing, the title poem leading us, tooth by tooth, line by line, into this dark forest of a book. Adair's phrases are spell-like, their ingredients mixed in surprising, potent ways: 'the fat matter of memory,' a caterpillar's 'sad accordion hymn,' the 'Gregorian green singing grass.' I would follow this poet wherever her mind goes-even into the deepest woods, into memories of grief and loss-and I would trust her words to lead me out again."-Maggie Smith

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