Blue Scorpion

Julie Fay

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Julie Fay’s magnificent Blue Scorpion seeks out the “dense and promising weather” of experience and reports generously on marriage, motherhood, friendship, and expatriate life. But what makes her poems powerful and unique is the way, regardless of their subject, they are always in touch with the “liquid fire our bodies’ goblets contain.” This fire does not burn but rather it illuminates all the particularities and passions of our lives with a warm and steady flame.

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Julie Fay’s magnificent Blue Scorpion seeks out the “dense and promising weather” of experience and reports generously on marriage, motherhood, friendship, and expatriate life. But what makes her poems powerful and unique is the way, regardless of their subject, they are always in touch with the “liquid fire our bodies’ goblets contain.” This fire does not burn but rather it illuminates all the particularities and passions of our lives with a warm and steady flame.

—Michael Collier

These poems tell a story of opening, late blossoming, and new eyes for the world…. The book is infused with the sense of newness and becoming, her rebirth into the woman the first half of her life could not create.

—Diane Wakoski

It’s rare that a book of poems is as successful as this one at character portraiture. Any reader will appreciate the rock-collecting girl-child enchanted by nomenclature, the punning Italian-French stonemason, the keen-eyed village neighbor, or the manic-depressive octogenarian father. I think of Rukeyser when I read this poet’s descriptions of sexual passion, its presence and its failures between the no-longer young, of the corporeal world of a woman closer to menopause than puberty, at ease in her body, for whom the connections between the intimate and the global are always present. In the interactions of this American woman with her community of choice—a village in the Hérault region of southwest France—Julie Fay deftly marks the sites of her entry and integration and those where she will remain foreign.

 —Marilyn Hacker

Blue Scorpion—the title suggests both beauty and risk, each of which plays a major role in this remarkable collection of poems. The immediacy of the work never wavers. With pitch-perfect form and ready feeling in the writing, we come to share in and care about the speaker’s many and tender lives. More than that, we are transported to where these poems go, so clear and compelling are these guides. Blunt and clean, elegant in language, landscape, and love, we savor the moment, “the delicious / play of wind on the tongue” in these poems. And we remember them long after the taste, long after and much more.

—Alberto Rios

Contents

Acknowledgments

I
Sundays: Rebecca’s on the Hill
Cherries, 1983
The Blue Scorpion
Pilgrimage: Mount Canigou
Two Languages
Witches at Saint Guilhem
Arles: World Cup Semifi nal at the 25th Annual International Photo Conference
Dear M
Yet Another Catholic Girl Poem
Lost Somonka
Snapshots of Zoë
Les Très Riches Heures
Winter Story for Henry
Wednesday Night
The Windmill of Lautrec
West, East, Sunday
The Three-Period Lesson at Le Cirque du Bout du Monde
Carapace
Gathering Tilleul
Young Lovers on My Beach
Dear H

II
The Blue Scorpion 2
Words, Recycled
The Night of the New Millenium
Rondeau
Dust
Virelai
Closed Circuit Funeral of an Ex-Communist
Untitled
Rouspetant
Heat Wave
Lai Nouveau
Larzac 2003
Maguelone at Sunrise

III
The Blue Scorpion 3
Letter to Myself Twenty-Five Years Ago
Collaborating with Marie
Prosody
My Father’s Madness: Tornados
Dinner at the Three Bears Inn, Westport, Connecticut
This Call’s for a Pantoum [sic]
Bipolar Villanelle
After School
Genesis
Priming Tobacco/Harvesting Grapes
The Pear Tree
Estuary
Interstitial Motherhood
Anniversary
For the Primrose
Morning
At Sunset
Ballade des Quatre Vents
Chinese

Notes
About the Author

Authors

Julie Fay is the author of three previous poetry collections, including The Woman Behind You (Pitt Poetry Series, 1999.) Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Breadloaf Anthology of New American Poets, Poems & Sources, A Formal Feeling Comes: Women's Formal Poetry, and Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the Worl's Most Popular Poetry Website. Professor of English at East Carolina University and 2004-2005 Fulbright Scholar at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France, she lives in North Carolina and southern France.

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