Blood Lyrics: Poems by Katie Ford

By Katie Ford

"Katie Ford's is a finely-wrought lyrical attractiveness, a poetry of element and care, yet she has set it inside of an epic arc." —Poetry

I lie nonetheless, play useless, am introduced decree:
our daughter weighs seven-hundred dimes,
paperclips, teaspoons of sugar,
this baby of grams
for which the nice nurse
laid out her studies
as a coin purse
into which our tiny wealth clinked,
our daughter spilling almost
to the floor.
—from "Of a toddler Early Born"

In Katie Ford's 3rd assortment, she units her track into lyrics wrung from the world's risks. Blood Lyrics is a mother's track, one seared with the information that her nation wages lengthy, aching wars within which now not all lives are equivalent. there's good looks imparted, too, however it arrives at a price: "Don't say it is the appealing / I praise," Ford writes. "I compliment the human, / gutted and rising."

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