I Wear My Face in the Field (Paperback)

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Is life too much? Too little? Do you feel numb? Do you wish for new words to pound through your chest, to fall into some unknown? Downum's poetry creates a new reality visceral and bloody with all the stillness of a clear lake (and enjambment that will make you appreciate the weight of the line like never before.) Reading this book is something like wiggling your hand between your ribs to briefly squeeze your own heart, then release, slow and strong. An enrapturing reading experience!

— From Emmy


Behold the animals, spooking at the water, haunting the field. Behold the field, writhing with blood, a gorgeous roiling horror. Behold the bloodhorse, mouth dripping with juice and psalms. Behold Ryan Downum's I Wear My Face in the Field, a precise gore inside of which I feel as held as I do torn. As I read, I taste copper. I hold my breath. It's a long walk into the tender-violent chaos of flesh and flora, a field of a poem that might just be endless in its unfolding. Wade in, right up to your waist - and trust me, keep going: "it's like getting to the haunt of a thing." Is this decomposition? Is this regeneration? Will the field ever be the same?

- JJ Rowan, author of a simple verb (Bloof Books)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781734139952
ISBN-10: 1734139951
Publisher: Dream Pop Press
Publication Date: April 26th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English