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2 very different books of poetry

DuringDuring by James Richardson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Richardson's love of wordplay and aphorism is in full bloom here in this collection. There is a playfulness in his approach, even as he touches on dark subjects, that makes the work enjoyable, light, and pleasurable. He is very willing to turn ideas and images on their heads to make the reader see them from a different perspective. A solid collection.


Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and PlaceAppalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooks

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


A collection of poems inspired by hooks' childhood in Kentucky. Some of the things that best serve her prose writing are a bit of a disservice in poetry. She clearly has a love and appreciation for language and her roots, but the poems read a bit like memories without much nuance or metaphor. They simply paint pictures.



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