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The Resource Flyover country : poems, Austin Smith

Flyover country : poems, Austin Smith

Label
Flyover country : poems
Title
Flyover country
Title remainder
poems
Statement of responsibility
Austin Smith
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Flyover Country is a powerful collection of poems about violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the people of distant countries, and to one another. Drawing on memories of his childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois, Austin Smith explores the beauty and cruelty of rural life, challenging the idea that the American Midwest is mere "flyover country," a place that deserves passing over. At the same time, the collection suggests that America itself has become a flyover country, carrying out drone strikes and surveillance abroad, locked in a state of perpetual war that Americans seem helpless to stop. In these poems, midwestern barns and farmhouses are linked to other lands and times as if by psychic tunnels. A poem about a barn cat moving her kittens in the night because they have been discovered by a group of boys resonates with a poem about the house in Amsterdam where Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis. A poem beginning with a boy on a farmhouse porch idly swatting flies ends with the image of people fleeing before a drone strike. A poem about a barbwire fence suggests, if only metaphorically, the debate over immigration and borders. Though at times a dark book, the collection closes with a poem titled "The Light at the End," suggesting the possibility of redemption and forgiveness. Building on Smith's reputation as an accessible and inventive poet with deep insights about rural America, Flyover Country also draws profound connections between the Midwest and the wider world
Member of
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1982-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Austin
Dewey number
811.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
  • PS3619.M55235
  • PS3619.M55235
LC item number
  • A6 2018
  • F59 2018
Literary form
poetry
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Princeton series of contemporary poets
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Violence
  • United States
  • Middle West
  • United States
  • Manners and customs
  • Rural conditions
  • Violence
  • Middle West
  • United States
Label
Flyover country : poems, Austin Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • American glue factory
  • Chekhov
  • Three radios
  • Hired hands
  • Water witching
  • Apparition of knives
  • Scrapper Kevin
  • The vampire
  • Building a temple for the field mice
  • Father and son: Barcelona
  • To go to Lena
  • Grasshoppers
  • Some haiku found scrawled in the margins of The old farmer's almanac
  • II.
  • The mechanic's children
  • The Shaker abecedarius
  • The streets of Turn
  • Outside the Anne Frank House
  • The crutches of Lourdes
  • The only tavern in Hyde, Wisconsin
  • The spider
  • I.
  • Factory town
  • Street performer: Asheville, North Carolina
  • The bow
  • Cottonpicker
  • Atomic fireball
  • Soap operas
  • The blind
  • The bombing of hospitals
  • Wounded men seldom come home to die
  • Elegy for Thomas Merton
  • Into the corn
  • Premature elegy for Claude Eatherly
  • We defy augury
  • The man without oxen trembles
  • Swatting flied
  • That particular villages
  • Drone
  • The witness tree.
  • III.
  • Cicadas
  • Flyover country
  • Fences
  • White lie
  • The capacity of speech
  • N Judah
  • Break in the weather
  • Dead dogs
  • Growing cold
  • Lament of the man who picks up dead animals
  • Country things
  • Ode to flour
  • Things we don't often think of
  • The raccoon tree
  • Film of the Building of a coffin viewed in reverse
  • The twain
  • Feathers
  • The light at the end
  • Cat moving kittens
  • Beyond Mirror Lake
  • The windbreak
Control code
on1028522041
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 112 pages
Isbn
9780691181578
Lccn
2018930998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Flyover country : poems, Austin Smith
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • American glue factory
  • Chekhov
  • Three radios
  • Hired hands
  • Water witching
  • Apparition of knives
  • Scrapper Kevin
  • The vampire
  • Building a temple for the field mice
  • Father and son: Barcelona
  • To go to Lena
  • Grasshoppers
  • Some haiku found scrawled in the margins of The old farmer's almanac
  • II.
  • The mechanic's children
  • The Shaker abecedarius
  • The streets of Turn
  • Outside the Anne Frank House
  • The crutches of Lourdes
  • The only tavern in Hyde, Wisconsin
  • The spider
  • I.
  • Factory town
  • Street performer: Asheville, North Carolina
  • The bow
  • Cottonpicker
  • Atomic fireball
  • Soap operas
  • The blind
  • The bombing of hospitals
  • Wounded men seldom come home to die
  • Elegy for Thomas Merton
  • Into the corn
  • Premature elegy for Claude Eatherly
  • We defy augury
  • The man without oxen trembles
  • Swatting flied
  • That particular villages
  • Drone
  • The witness tree.
  • III.
  • Cicadas
  • Flyover country
  • Fences
  • White lie
  • The capacity of speech
  • N Judah
  • Break in the weather
  • Dead dogs
  • Growing cold
  • Lament of the man who picks up dead animals
  • Country things
  • Ode to flour
  • Things we don't often think of
  • The raccoon tree
  • Film of the Building of a coffin viewed in reverse
  • The twain
  • Feathers
  • The light at the end
  • Cat moving kittens
  • Beyond Mirror Lake
  • The windbreak
Control code
on1028522041
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 112 pages
Isbn
9780691181578
Lccn
2018930998
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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