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The Tiger Iris

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The Tiger Iris

By: Joan Swift

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About This Title

Moving easily between the natural world and the world of human nature, The Tiger Iris is a collection of poems of bittersweet beauty. Dedicated to Swift's mother, The Tiger Iris explores her life and death in poignant and affectionate poems such as "Stockings" and "Lou"; complementing these are the poems based on events in Swift's own life, stretching from her home in the Northwest to a city on the Gulf of Finland. Rich and emotionally complex, The Tiger Iris is a testament to Swift's ability to transform--in Madeline DeFrees' words--"reverses into poems of astonishing beauty and strength."


At the Nursing Home

I wear a dress of pale blue gauze.
It flows from my shoulders into the
pond of what they remember
so they reach out to touch,
limp to the shores of the 1920s.
Chiffon, they murmur, gnarled fingers
holding the edge of the boat
a lover rows through the fabric of water.

© BOA Editions, Ltd 1999

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Paperback ISBN: 1-880238-82-9
Price: $12.50
Publishing Date: November 1999