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Books Reviewed by Holly Wren Spaulding

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Necessary Kindling

The necessary kindling is what ignites, and in the title poem it begins this way: “when she awakens, / she remembers / the shape of her own breath, / pressing it / into the... Read More

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Hard Evidence

In this, Liu’s fourth book of poems, the evidence is the minutiae and banalities that comprise everyday lives; each moment is made extraordinary in its realness, both brutal... Read More

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African Journey

“The year was 1959 and I was on my way to Capetown, South Africa, for an adventure that would change my life.” In the language of a tale told many years after the fact,... Read More

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The Other Life

By beginning her poetry collection with Oscar Wilde’s adage: “One’s real life is so often the life that one does not lead,” Budy prepares the reader for the disjuncture... Read More

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Intimate Kisses

“No one can better teach us about sexual pleasure than poets,” writes the editor. Maltz critiques contemporary American culture for its commercialization and trivialization... Read More

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Visiting Emily

For many, to be a poet is to love Emily Dickinson. There is an inevitability to this affair, and her influence on American poetry elicits a form of worship in the poems written... Read More

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Fire or Fire

Setting off on her journey with T.S. Eliot’s quote, “intolerable shirt of flame / Which human power cannot remove,” this author goes, and stays where the heat is hottest.... Read More

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