Compulsions of Silkworms & Bees, by Julianna Baggott

Selected by Linda Bierds as Winner of the 2007 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize "Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees hums with attention to the act of creation. These poems are like watches that show their inner workings. . . . We see Poetry and Fiction (cast as sisters) presenting their different versions of events; an author’s elegy for an orphan poem; poetry as mother and poetry as lover. When Baggott writes, 'Everything is talking, / even the rooted irises tonguing air,'’ we want to be able to hear it too." —Matthea Harvey

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