By Katie Ford
"Katie Ford's is a finely-wrought lyrical attractiveness, a poetry of element and care, yet she has set it inside an epic arc." —Poetry
I lie nonetheless, play lifeless, am added decree:
our daughter weighs seven-hundred dimes,
paperclips, teaspoons of sugar,
this baby of grams
for which the great nurse
laid out her studies
as a coin purse
into which our tiny wealth clinked,
our daughter spilling almost
to the floor.
—from "Of a baby Early Born"
In Katie Ford's 3rd assortment, she units her track into lyrics wrung from the world's risks. Blood Lyrics is a mother's tune, one seared with the data that her kingdom wages lengthy, aching wars during which now not all lives are equivalent. there's attractiveness imparted, too, however it arrives at a price: "Don't say it is the attractive / I praise," Ford writes. "I compliment the human, / gutted and rising."
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