BOOK REVIEW


Directions for Flying
36 fits: a young wife's almanac

by Emily Carr

 
if she draws a door

(about the size & shape
of a sparrow) only she
can pass through it.

                                                Directions for Flying, p. 8
         
                                                           
                                         


 
 
Directions for Flying:
36 fits: a young wife's almanac

by Emily Carr

Published by
Furniture Press
First Edition
2010
Cover Art: Amanda Spicer
Dover design Douglas Mowbray
ISBN 978-0-98-26299-0-1
Library of Congress Control Number: 2010920490
Paperback


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Highly recommended.





In the above quote,  taken from Carr's book, awarded the 2009 Furniture Press Poetry Prize, juxtaposes the size and shape of a bird with the image of a door, a way to escape.

Many of the poems in this collection, arranged by month from April to March, from spring to spring,  do the same:

A lesson suspended
in the distance a clothesline
with a brown shirt but all

I see is a sparrow. 

The titles of the poems are followed by an indication of whether the word in the title is a verb, a noun, an adjective and so forth.  Honeymoon as a verb, is different from Honeymoon as a noun.     The first poem in the series, in the month of April is

                                                       sparrow (v.)

the last poem, in the month of March is

                                                        zoetrope (v.)

which immediately causes a rift in the customary grammatical structure patterns of the reader. .....   Causing the question, is there a verb, "to sparrow." 

Carr transforms grammar....she does with grammar what the content of the poems seems to seek...a transformation from cacoon to winged "o"  An escape from domestic life and it's behaviors and social dresssings by means of flight  The flight of a bird, the flight of a word, the flight of syntax.