Poetry by Julia Bouwsma.
Winner of the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award.
Release date January 1, 2017
Advance praise for Work by Bloodlight:
“What an earthy song, these poems! They rise up from the dark earth, the images quirked and turned to serve a raw transformative vision in this twenty-first century book of seeing with your eyes open. This book will be useful for visionaries, taxidermists, and all those who look for the exact knowledge of the sacred in profane earthy humanness.”
—Joy Harjo, poet, musician, performer, teacher
“The elegiac is a most tender and yet most rigorous accounting. Every detail of its fact and decorum must register upon flesh, upon the syllables of flesh. In Work By Bloodlight, Bouwsma unfailingly discovers the higher registers and the keenest syllables. They beautifully prove to be a “wingspan against snow.”
—Donald Revell, author of A Thief of Strings, Pennyweight Windows: New & Selected Poems, and My Mojave
Enjoy a sample, previously published in Cider Press Review, Volume 17, Issue 3:
Foxes and Hens
The hens shrill us awake to the bullet dawn. Only animals move quickly
in such primordial light. My husband makes coffee with my rifle in his hand.
He goes to work, leaves it on the kitchen table for me to see. Some days our hilltop
is a balding arc of granite, something a girl could hatch right out of. The fox,
exquisite and brazen, takes two in the broad day. I’m a lousy shot.
The fox kills more than she can carry. My husband ties two dead birds to a stake
and waits. For a week, the hens summer-swell. I walk a wide circle around them
as I do my chores. The fox does not return. On Sunday, he drives their bodies
down the road and throws them to the trees.
About the Author
Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, freelance editor, critic, small-town librarian, and farmer. Her poems and reviews can be found in Bellingham Review, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Cutthroat, The Progressive, Puerto del Sol, RHINO, Salamander, Sugar House Review, and others. Bouwsma is the recipient of residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA from Goddard College. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, she currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.