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Braided Creek Braided Creek by Jim Harrison


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser wrote poems back and forth to each other as part of their letter writing. This book gathers some of these little aphoristic poems, none more than 4 lines long. It leaves them unattributed, so you do not know who wrote which (though with some, if you're familiar with the poets at all, it's obvious). According to the back cover, they did this because "Everyone gets tired of this continuing cult of the personality . . . This book is an assertion in favor of poetry and against credentials."

The brevity of these poems belies their power. Some of them are devastating and full of wisdom. Some of them are simply beautifully written observations of everyday life.

Highly recommended.

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