& in Open, Marvel

& in Open, Marvel

by Felicia Zamora
& in Open, Marvel

& in Open, Marvel

by Felicia Zamora


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"With taut attention, Felicia Zamora witnesses wonders that would break open a heart. This is a book that makes me want to live more fully in our marvelous world." --Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade

"Water, birds, parts of the body, the movement of a hive, scientific lexicons, lush diction, Felicia Zamora's poems connect and disconnect these things in equal parts microscopic investigation and knotty and ornamental declaration. There's a consciousness here that openly marvels at all states of being and becoming, even its own, offering readers language as metaphysical gateway to experience; that the gate can be entered from either side is Zamora's signature stratagem." --Noah Eli Gordon, author of The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom

& in Open, Marvel grapples with wonder in everyday existence. A sense of quietness through seasonal change threads the interlaced contemplations in the collection, which approach the twice-removed space we occupy from the physical world. The act of mind and body is experienced as a journey for both writer and reader. How we are all elements in fall. How we are all purpose. How what makes us connects us. How there are lovely works beyond us, which in turn, include us. How we plead to ourselves, See . . . just see.

Felicia Zamora is the author of the books Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press) and Instrument of Gaps (Slope Editions, 2017).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602359840
Publisher: Parlor Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: Free Verse Editions
Pages: 90
Sales rank: 1,057,168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.22(d)

About the Author

Felicia Zamora is the author of the books Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (University of Notre Dame Press) and Instrument of Gaps (forthcoming from Slope Editions 2017). Of Form & Gather was listed as one of the "9 Outstanding Latino Books Recently Published by Independent and University Presses" by NBC News. She won the 2015 Tomaz Salamun Prize from Verse, and authored two chapbooks. Her published works may be found or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, jubilat, Meridian, Notre Dame Review, North American Review, OmniVerse, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Sugar House Review, Tarpaulin Sky Magazine, The Adirondack Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Georgia Review, The Michigan Quarterly, TriQuarterly Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse Daily, Witness Magazine, West Branch, and others. She is an associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review and holds an MFA from Colorado State University. She is the 2017 Poet Laureate for Fort Collins, Colorado, and education programs coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her partner Chris and their two dogs.

Table of Contents

empty haunt; inlet

A Long Road Never Takes Us

At Last Summer Let Go


Caught in Diastole

Before Winter

Alone at the Lake

A Constant Spin Resides

Purpose of Dance

I Hear the Blue Jay Sing

dance {dance} dance


Still These Lovely Works Beyond Us

Brain Waves

Picture of the Hive

In Perihelion

Broken Things


{Honest} Random {Caused by Desire to De-Categorize} Self

Understanding Words Fail & Weave in Simultaneity

imbibe {et alia} here

orts: a poem

Imbibe {Et Alia} Here

flutter & flash

In Hush

A Lesson

Witness Here: A Limited Thing


We Return Sparkling

Across the Blown, Inward Breeze

Toward the End of Day



Blue Jays in the Yard


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