By Robyn Schiff

A new ebook from a poet whose paintings is "wild with mind's eye, unafraid, formidable, inventive" (Jorie Graham)

Located in a menacing, gothic panorama, the poems that contain A lady of Property draw formal and imaginitive barriers opposed to boundless mortal hazard, yet as all borders are weak, this ominous assortment finally phases an pressing and deeply imperiled boundary dispute the place haunting, phantasm, the presence of the previous, and disembodied voices merely extra unsettle questions of fabric and non secular ownership. it is a theatrical e-book of dilapidated homes and overgrown gardens, of passageways and thresholds, edges, prosceniums, unearthings, and root platforms. The volatile estate traces right here rove from heaven to hell, troubling percentage and frightening propriety within the identify of unfathomable propagation. Are the entire gates during this ebook folly? Are the partitions too simply scaled to carry something again or impose self-confinement? What won't a poem do to get to the opposite aspect?

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In the following nightmarish days I read the papers, listened to the radio, and lived in fear. It didn’t take long: Zeynep had been found in her house, dead. She was charred. I wrote to the district attorney again. I pointed out the similarity between the ways and the dates upon which Zeynep and Xenia had died. I argued that Nigel was seeking revenge and therefore punishing the people I loved in the same way that I had killed Xenia. Two weeks later the district attorney came to see me and reported that Nigel couldn’t possibly have had anything to do with this crime; he had proven that he was performing on stage at the time of the murder.

Her way of groping me, ignoring her boyfriend who stood with his back to us, planting a kiss on my lips before taking the stage, winking at me mischievously while sitting at a crowded table, well within her boyfriend’s field of vision, caressing my legs under the table sometimes … perhaps these and other dangerous games were expressions of the character traits her early Hollywood femme-fatale looks implied; but I was never as aggressive and courageous in keeping up with her as the men in those films.

At that moment, the young man felt certain this was all just one big nightmare. His knuckles were visibly white, even in the dim light. Truth of the matter was, though, this was only the beginning—he had no idea what was in store for him. The car obediently cruised forward toward their destination. The young man turned and stopped in front of Bebek Park. Just like every evening, the Bebek meatball vendor was setting up his stand in his white minivan, in spite of the contrary weather. Cavidan Hanım took advantage of their time in stalled traffic to look around, and she did so with gusto.

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