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Lines of DefenseLines of Defense by Stephen Dunn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have said before that I am a huge fan of Stephen Dunn's work, and while this book is not my favorite of his, it is still remarkable. The best poems in it deal with love, not some romantic ideal of it, but rather genuine affection and how to maintain and deal with that in the face of hard reality, including death. Other poems deal with hidden truths, the things we avoid saying or believing for the sake of our own comfort, and the role of the poet in this critical examination. Often beautiful, always smart and thoughtful.



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