The Terrible Wife

The Terrible Wife

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The Terrible Wife, in this new collection of poems by Terry Ann Thaxton, has married four times and imagined marriages to a soap opera star, her brother-in-law, and any man who will give her a ride because she "wanted to be / part of a wall of women dancing / water falling from the sky or a fountain." Taking cues from her own mother - who is, to this troubled soul - "an argument against becoming a wife" - she sets out to find meaning: "We march out into the trees / or fly off our balconies looking for a man, / any man." But still she judges herself through the lens of the men she clings to for comfort like "a woodpecker ... clings to [a] hollow / tree." Thaxton does not find easy solace for her terrible wife, but instead lets her confusion and weaknesses clink and jangle like wind chimes in an approaching storm. This broken resonance with its disarming images and unpredictable movements is given to us in a voice devoid of self-consciousness and posturing. Thaxton's poems are as compelling as a lifetime of snapshots spilled on the floor, discovered in a box that, moments ago, one didn't know existed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 5mm | 117.93g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • No
  • 1844719162
  • 9781844719167

Table of contents

Part I. Free Girls
Free Girls
The Beach
Girls of the 1960s Grow Up and Get Married
The Brick Walkway
The Photograph of My First Child
& After
Part II. The Men of My Dreams
House on the Creek
My First Rental
The Preacher's Wife
Don't Marry Your Brother-in-Law
"Dragonfly With Red Wings"
The Night I Married Jasper Jax
Lost Hunger
The Cold Rising of the Sun
The Terrible Wife
Part III. Where Things Lie
Tractor Song
Rock Beneath Orange Tree
Sounds Coming Through Empty Sky
From a Cabin in Portal, AZ
Burden of Memory
Where Things Lie
Part IV. Trouble in Paradise
Trouble in Paradise: A Four Act Play
The Gravel Road
Atrial Fibrillation
cerebrovascular accident
Fighting Back
After Dinner
Part V. Toward Something
Trying to Name It
Displaced Housewife
The Bench Outside My Life
Toward Something
Epilogue of Our Play
The Empty Trail
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About Terry Ann Thaxton

Terry Ann Thaxton is an award winning writer. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Main Street Rag, Futurecycle, Connotation Press, The Missouri Review, Fourth River, Cold Mountain Review, Teaching Artist Journal, and other literary journals.
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4 8% (1)
3 17% (2)
2 25% (3)
1 8% (1)
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