Today's poem is "Dogs"
from The Sounding Machine

Accents Publishing

Patty Paine is the author of Feral (Imaginary Friend Press), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, The Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal and many other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and is assistant director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Books by Patty Paine:

Other poems on the web by Patty Paine:
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Patty Paine's Website.

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About The Sounding Machine:

"Patty Paine writes with a humanity and compassion that makes history personal, that forgives even as it indicts, that burns with a truth learned from hard places. Deeply revealing and poignant, this new collection marks a strong voice."
—Chris Abani

"With intelligence and an awareness of the limits and possibility of metaphor, Patty Paine explores the fierce unclasping and clasping of memory as she writes of family, history, and our bonds to the world. In The Sounding Machine, she works into the complicated, messy, hearts of situations, not shying away from multiple perspectives; in one poem the devoured prey says of the predator: 'It was my blood ... muscle and sinew / warming his gut.' One believes these strong forays."
—Talvikki Ansel

"We all recall Frost's definition of poetry as 'the clear expression of mixed feelings.' Yet if we think for a moment about this observation, we can't help but be fearful—Frost asks that we hold ourselves to an almost impossible standard. Can we ever really contend with the fraught ambivalence that prompts good poetry? Patty Paine has pondered this question long and hard, and addressed it with spare, tough-minded but exquisitely modulated lyrics. Dualities and uneasy mixtures abound in her poems—Eros and Thanatos; an Asian ancestry and a North American one; the yearning for beauty and a similarly powerful yearning for a hard-bitten realism. Yet with both emotional complexity and a finely honed mastery of technique, Paine unflinchingly reckons with these issues, and does so with honesty and courage. The Sounding Machine is a stunning first collection."
—David Wojahn

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