Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today's book of poems: I see my love more clearly from a distance, by Nora Gould (Brick Books, 2012). Gould is a prairie woman in her early 50's. She writes about life on the ranch with her family. This book is stunningly good. What Gould doesn't know isn't worth knowing. These poems work together to form a portrait clearer than a Wyeth painting but with all the texture and emotion intact. Could not recommend a book more highly. For any women reading this who belong to a book club - this IS the book of poetry you should be reading. No sentimentality at all but all the passion, love and emotional depth you hope to find in great literature. Gould, a new discovery for me, has instantly become a poet I greatly admire.

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