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Anne-Marie Oomen, Book Reviewer

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Writing Brave and Free

by Anne-Marie Oomen

What a treasure to have a second how-to book of this caliber enter the world for developing writers. This new handbook is like its predecessor in its most important characteristics. Following the format of co-author Kooser’s first... Read More

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The Poetry Home Repair Manual

by Anne-Marie Oomen

The Poet Laureate of the United States didn’t need to write a poetry handbook. There are dozens of books that, to varying degrees of success, teach developing poets how to nurse their early craft into the real art. Some are well... Read More

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Twenty-First Century Blues

by Anne-Marie Oomen

A veteran of sound and sense, the author shapes his poems first with masterful craft. Line, rhythm, and diction do the work of the formal poet in these four dozen poems. His ear is unerring no matter what common subject the poem takes.... Read More

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An Alchemist With One Eye on Fire

by Anne-Marie Oomen

If readers want to escape from poetry bound in orderly imagery, fed by a clean narrative line with a tidy epiphany at the end, then this new collection is for them. These poems, in the author’s signature style, are imagistically wild,... Read More

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Halfway Decent Sinners

by Anne-Marie Oomen

These poems couple boyhood shenanigans with a spiritual heart, a brilliant mix that the author first established in his award-winning book, Hometown U.S.A., which won the 1992 American Series Award. Since then his poetry has lost neither... Read More

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A Cappella

by Anne-Marie Oomen

One might think that an anthology subtitled Mennonite Voices in Poetry will contain only poetry typically associated with the mainstream culture’s perception of Mennonite imagery (rural) and subject matter (pacifist). However, the... Read More

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