Today's poem is "* the gossip"
from The Good Dark

Tupelo Press

Annie Guthrie is a writer and jeweler living in Tucson. She has a metalsmithing studio at Splinter Brothers Warehouse. She teaches at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and also mentors select students wishing to apprentice in poetry or to further their art projects through her courses in "Oracular Writing."

Books by Annie Guthrie:

Other poems on the web by Annie Guthrie:
from The Good Dark
from The Good Dark
"let x be (rogue.)"

Annie Guthrie's Website.

Annie Guthrie on Twitter.

About The Good Dark:

"To pay accurate attention is to find yourself broken in two, or more than two. It is to be shattered by the world you seek into a self comprised of many selves, a chorus, each with its own voice: gossip, other, priest, oracle, reader, and one unnamed because she has no name. . . . these dark, necessary lines lay tangent to each other, glance against one intensity only to err into different discovery . . . where the body takes 'the blame / for the deeds of the mind.'" Beachy-Quick calls THE GOOD DARK "a curious testament to the labyrinthine complexity of human relation to the world and those others that fill it. . . . There is nature, and there is God, and there is the gossip between them that the human ear eavesdrops upon . . . convolutions of heart to mind and mind to heart that understand love's reciprocity is a confounded, confounding form."
—Dan Beachy-Quick

"Annie Guthrie writes beneath the darkness. Above it. Next to it. Upon it. And below."
—Bhanu Kapil

"THE GOOD DARK stuns with its metaphysical inquiry into what simultaneously detaches and attaches us to this world. The haunting music of these lyric poems lift out of a language of intimacy employed to address the delicate nature of belief. Annie Guthrie writes, 'given everything/ the give forms our lips/ it's only the shape of zero,' and her clarity catapults us into our silences. She gives voice to the 'blur', which could be defined as an existence without 'edges' or 'ledges,' that still creates an entrance. THE GOOD DARK is a gift of infinite mindfulness."
—Claudia Rankine

"In THE GOOD DARK there are softened precipices where other sorts of fairy tales see horror. Anne Guthrie's poetry has a more inclusive and forgiving frame, elliptical, obscured lens, or perhaps it's a frame that splits and scatters across compelling still lives and environments."
—Thalia Field

"THE GOOD DARK is a book of listening. It listens to bird sound, thunder, the movement of a leaf or a cloud, the echoes and resonances of its own words -- it listens even to silence which, as Guthrie tells us 'has no edge.' And THE GOOD DARK is a book of speaking: or shouting, whispering, confessing, and singing. In delicate and precise poems Guthrie addresses the darkness: the God gone missing or hiding in a mirror, the soul barely discerned. And this poetry, this 'sheet music' is so carefully rhythmic, so richly sonic, and so strong, it makes that darkness good."
—Julie Carr

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