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Bodies That Hum: Poems

by Beth Gylys
Format
Book
Published
Eugene, OR : Silverfish Review Press, c1999.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
ISBN
1878851128
Summary
includes "Do Not Dive Head-First," a villanelle in which she parodies Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night." And you, my friend, don't fret you're / not a stud. / Looks, like puddles, only go so deep. / Do not dive head-first in that puddle / of mud. / Wade, wade slowly into the brackish crud. Whereas Thomas used the constrictions of the villanelle to transform his thoughts about wise, good, wild and grave men into a valediction to his dying father, Gylys urges the anonymous man to resist suicidal self-pity for being average. Against the dark seriousness of Thomas's use of form, Gylys shines a playful feminist flashlight on the vanity to which men have descended. She also brings a contemporary irreverence to such poems as "The Erratic Gardener" and "Preference." In these she honors the minimal requirement of having five triplets and a final quatrain but uses enjambment to destroy the integrity of a triplet or, as in the final lines of "My Savior in the Form of a Bus," to abandon the requisite rhyme scheme: He'll come to you, carrying a sword. / And, Beth, how will you meet him face to face? / My bus pulled up just then, thank the Lord, / rescuing me from questions I'd ignored.
Description
71 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes
"Winner of the 1997 Gerald Cable Book Award."
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