Oyster by Amie Zimmerman


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Oyster by Amie Zimmerman is dazzling collection comprised of eighteen poems that touch on the hazards of agency and their effects on our relationships to each other and the natural world, as evidenced in 'For the Juan de Fuca Plate':

Do lawyers like falconry.
I can imagine
one in a courtroom,
with an eagle
on his glove.

The collective taking of Vitamin D.
The collective agreement.

When I say magnitude
I mean both
and displacement.

If someone
uses a knife
and the room
either cheers
or boos,
when do lawyers
say "I can take it
from here."

Oyster's cover features the work of Portland artist Samantha Wall and is covered in a protective sheet of transparent vellum. The handbound chapbook's insides are printed on acid-free heavyweight stock and bookended with handmade paper.