Poetry can be pretty good reading for subway reading as is anything that has a shorter format. But I'm kind of out of practice in reading verse these days. The beginning of this book felt so prose-like and conversational, but by the end things flowed more. I can't really tell if that was the book or just me getting used to it. I didn't really feel any thematic connections in the first two sections ("Slice" and "Juice"), but the last section "Flesh" came together for me more. Again, it might have just been me.—Read more…
05 May 2008
The best parts of this anthology are the overlays of drawings that interpret the certain poems' structures. Being that Stoner chose the poems based on her own collection, it's not necessarily a comprehensive look at poetry that tackles themes of space, like domesticity, urbanism, and form. But it is an interesting concept—how poetry can inﬂuence architecture.
I really like this line for Thedore Roethke's villanelle The Waking: "I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow."—Read more…
05 May 2007
We are all the loves we ever lost.
I can't for the life of me remember how this wound up on my hold list at the library, but there must have been some reason. The poems in this book span ten years, themes of jazz, WWII internment camps, and banalities set in several distinct locales around the US. A bit disappointing that my favorite poem was the first one, "Plucking Out a Rhythm," but there are moments of finesse throughout.
(This book was the first volume of poetry by an Asian-American to be published by a major publisher.)—Read more…
03 March 2007
It's been well over a year since I last read a book of poetry in its entirety. There have been a few attempts that went undocumented, since I barely even imposed any stress to the bindings.
This is one of those books that's easy to just breeze through without really hearing it, if you aren't careful. And I kept wondering to myself if I am less prepared to read poetry since I haven't read a whole lot (and certainly not the "classics")—can I be better prepared for certain works the less I read?—Read more…
05 May 2006
More challenging than And Her Soul Out of Nothing but very alive.—Read more…
03 March 2005