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small bed & field guide


Byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: small bed & field guide

Author: Valerie Coulton

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2018

Page Count: 36


“A kiss on the hand may be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend”
- from Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend by Jule Styme and Leo Robin. Sung by Marilyn Monroe.


small bed & field guide is a rhythmic offering in the ontological, a Beat poetry tradition progression that rails and falls by Valerie Coulton and above/ground press. Valerie Coulton lives in Barcelona and has written 3 books of poetry published by Apogee Press. She has co-authored lirio and anonymous (published by Dancing Girl Press) with her Poet husband Edward Smallfield.

The long poem is a series of short blunt lines in fantastical, that fall to the ground as if not expecting to take root, as if in trepidation. The blunt stilted rhythm reminds This Writer of a tedious crossing of long time. The words in images hang in the air in a subtle violence, a quiet liturgy of plaint, dark imagery weaving. The disjointed thought train is mystery, that builds a hidden story of all is not well, an allusion to cultural mishap, love life mishap. It is as if someone was expected to apologize for not being blonde.

"Green as reddish pomegranates outside

wall’s authority. Hour for choosing is

brief and breaking into briefer. Forsaking

jewels for sweetness: day closes over.

When memory of a lover surges up, turn

your head. Brush brittle bodies of beetles,

etc. from windowsills: always seek

definition of clean.

Go into sea’s bed and sleep"

The broken images roll out, sometimes allusions to broken love affairs, considered in layered pictures of nature, the home and the machine. It is an inside story of as the day passes, a truthtelling. Images of the weather, sky, trees, butterflies, on the homefront food, language are expertly woven with photos, the auto, the machine. The image created is often fatastical with DaDa influences, often surreal.

"Blue plastic, green glass. Hunt

unwanted filaments by magnifying

mirror. Gamified, chooses patterned ice

cube tray at German house wares shop

under high flourescents."

An original brilliant work in the magic of New Age poetry shine, small bed & field guide by Valerie Coulton.

Available @ above/ground press.

Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature





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