Learning about Fire (Paperback)

Learning about Fire By Ms. Ingrid Browning Moody Cover Image
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The poems in this collection inhabit an intimate landscape of basement bathrooms and neighborhood pools, places where the familiar becomes strange: a house burns on an empty highway; Jesus has his portrait made by a hobbyist painter in a linoleum-tiled room.  These poems search out the unseen that exists behind the known, not to erase it by naming it, but to grapple with its presence and power, its effect on all that we can know and see.

Learning about Fire

The sky ratcheted whole over us
on the beach, the stars and the black

all one thing, cranked by some
cosmic mechanism.  Someone

threw a book into the fire.
It sat unchanged for awhile,

then its green cover drained and
the pages began to swell, bloom

open, the edges curling back
then fluttering—brittle,

but out of habit holding on
to their old shape, the whole

thing swaying a little,
a boat rocking on the water.  

Just as I began
to think that maybe

it could keep on like this, in-
between, for as long as we could

keep the fire going, someone
lifted a stick to poke it.

The intention was enough—
the whole form

didn’t crumble:
it vanished.

About the Author

INGRID BROWNING MOODY’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New South, RHINO, and elsewhere. She teaches composition at the University of California and crafts artisan jewelry in her Santa Cruz studio.  

Praise For…

"Ingrid Moody's Learning About Fire is a wonderful balance of lightness and gravity. She handles serious subjects with a delicate touch and shows us the deeper resonance of ordinary moments. Her spare, precise language, apt metaphors, and deft turns make this a delightful and satisfying collection. There are poems here which will stay with you for a long time."
--Ellen Bass

Product Details
ISBN: 9781933896687
ISBN-10: 193389668X
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2012
Pages: 40
Language: English

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