Interpretive Work

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Description

Natural history, work, queerness, and family collide in Interpretive Work. When they do, a deep stubborn will emerges, a belief in the unexpected beauty of the world "flaws and all. The poems of this collection foreground the role of the viewer" the interpreter "smudging self across what's seen."


From neighborhood kids cussing in the cul-de-sac to marbled murrelets calling in Southeast Alaska, the poems of this book reach toward a moment where one finds "this unsettlement, / this beauty applauded at last."

Bradfield delivers her bruised truths through a quiet honesty that stands in ardent defense of mainstream normative expectations. A male singer has a woman's high, sweet voice, redefining beauty. A female deer grows antlers. A woman chooses to be child-free without regret. As a whole, these poems furtively suggest that the tourist on the sunset cruise ship misinterprets the cravings of humpback whales in the same way Bradfield's family, neighbors and bureaucratic officials misunderstand love, sexuality and gender.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
Red Hen Press
Publish Date
March 01, 2008
Pages
106
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.3 X 8.8 inches | 0.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780980040715
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About the Author

ELIZABETH BRADFIELD is the author of the poetry collections Once Removed, Approaching Ice, Interpretive Work and the mixed-genre Toward Antarctica, which pairs her photographs with brief, hybrid essays. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, West Branch, Orion and many anthologies. She has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship, the Audre Lorde Prize, and was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Founder and editor-in-chief of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist locally as well as on expedition ships in the high latitudes and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. www.ebradfield.com