Today's poem is "Oriole"
from Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods

Sarabande Books

Paula Bohince grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Her poems appear widely in such publications as Agni, Ploughshares, Slate, Southwest Review, and The Yale Review. She has been the recipient of the “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the Grolier Poetry Prize, residencies from the MacDowell Colony, and artist’s grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She has taught at New York University, the New School, and elsewhere and was the University of Mississippi’s inaugural Summer Poet-in-Residence. In 2008, she will be the Amy Clampitt Resident Fellow in Lenox, Massachusetts. She holds an MFA from New York University and lives in Pennsylvania.

Books by Paula Bohince: Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods

Other poems on the web by Paula Bohince:
Two poems
"Black River, White Fields"
Three poems
"Lean Down"
Six poems
"The Fish of Galilee"
"First Day of the Hunt"
"Spider Web"
"Adoration of the Easter Lamb"

About Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods:

"Piety within shades of pantheism—that is clearly one way to look at Paula Bohince’s Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods. Bohince is, however, more naturalist than romantic, meaning that her poems above all honor their dark side, their realism, their edge. These are country matters here, incidents in the male American tradition of Frost, Sherwood Anderson, and James Wright, a fact of gender that not only distinguishes this poet’s pastoral concerns but separates their power."
—Stanley Plumly

"In exploring the “drift between the missing and the dead,” Paula Bohince carves beauty from the harsh complexities of suffering and survival, the chronic hardships and traumatic incidents woven into the narratives of family and place. Bound uneasily at times to human experience, animal consciousness is also a vital part of Bohince’s reckoning; even a sheep in its “comprehensible world of straw” and the “approximate bones of a field mouse” warrant her attention—and ours. Skillfully rendered, Incident at the Edge of Bayonet Woods is a remarkable debut."
—Claudia Emerson

"Paula Bohince writes from the intersection of the human and natural worlds—and she cannot afford to be sentimental about either. Free of decoration and gimmick, these are poems born of urgency and honesty: their truths are hard-won, and deeply instructive. Hers is a clear-sighted tenderness born of living fully and deeply in our complex, worn, and beautiful world."
—Jane Mead

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