As with Laura, this relationship feels dangerous; throughout the poem, there are images of fire, a slow burning just below the surface. Throughout Vulgar Remedies , there is a fixation on the body—her own, and the bodies of others. The body is both an anchor in the present through its immediate sensory experience, as well as a lens through which to view the past. In the poem, she examines it in a mirror and writes:. As the poems continue, the body continues to root us in the past. Often, these glimpses are tinged with darkness, a sense of shadowy grief.
She calculates the trades with unnamed urgency—hangnails, fistfuls of hair, and her thumb tip in exchange for her cat, her grandfather, and her old screened porch. In this way, the speaker mourns the past to the extent that she is willing to disfigure her body for one more glimpse of it. Journey writes:. Finding libraries that hold this item You may have already requested this item.
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Her work has appeared recently in Rattle , decomP , and Cartridge Lit. The poems in this collection, like the exhibit, offer uncertain diagnoses and propose dubious cures. His father wanted him to study rhetoric toward the practice of law. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab Any international shipping is paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. However, those traits are not all the reasons why Anna Journey is one of the few 20th century poets that I like.
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