The Scarlet Ibis: Poems
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The Scarlet Ibis: Poems

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In The Scarlet Ibis, Susan Hahn has created an intricately structured sequence of interlinked poems centered around the single compelling image of the ibis. The resonance of this image grows through each section of the book as Hahn skillfully employs theme and variation, counterpoint and mirroring techniques. The ibis first appears as part of an illusion, the disappearing...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 21st 2007 by Northwestern University Press
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Oct 01, 2008 Jennn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Susan Hahn
Shelves: poetry
I am a fan of "Self/Pity", so I was excited to read "The Scarlet Ibis".

I must admit it isn't as strong as "Self/Pity", but I still liked the first two parts: "Bird" and "Lady", although I didn't really enjoy "Bird and Lady" (more on that later).

I liked the mirroring poems of the magician tricks using (abusing?) the bird and the woman. I thought that it was a fresh idea and in a unique style. The interweaving of all of it was interesting (Ibis, bird, Thoth, woman, wound, feather, guide, death), b...more
Robert Singer
This is a unique, extraordinary book. There is nothing like it. Sheer genius!
Hahn breaks the collection into three sections, Bird, Lady, and Bird and Lady. As I've been reading quite a few collections lately, this was one of the ones I could not put down. And, I reread a number of them. Susan Hahn's explores the ideas of traps, magic tricks, and then the very nature of a poet's using a creature, the scarlet ibis, as a muse. The bird and lady have a dialog back and forth about who needs who and who is using whom. It is quite the exchange and one cannot help thinking of Ke...more
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Shane Sutton
Oh i hate this book because i thought that the book would have more meaning to it
What can I say. I gave it a shot.
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