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The Singing Bowl

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  4 ratings  ·  2 reviews
This poetry collection showcases all the features of Joan Logghe's work that have attracted so many readers: her attention to detail, her warmth, humor, and passionate and inclusive social conscience. At once postmodern and deeply rooted in her adopted northern New Mexico home, Logghe's work connects disparate events and objects.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 15th 2011 by University of New Mexico Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Logghe’s poetry sings, it dances, it runs up and down the scales. She uses language the way a vocalist uses notes, by bending and layering words until a rich harmony lies on the page. Logghe writes about seemingly ordinary details of life in such an extraordinary way that the reader relates to the poem, and cares. Many of her poems have cultural references that further the connection between poet and reader. You may not remember the day Ginsberg died, but everybody can relate to the iconic “wher ...more
Hmm... You know, I almost didn't make it through this book. It was more difficult for me to engage than other books of poetry, in part because I had a hard time relating to all the poems about childbirth, her daughter, her granddaughter. Some of the poems felt too much like exercises, working strictly within form (like the ghazal) but not necessarily enhanced by the form. As though there were no organic relationship between content and form. The images are vivid and diverse, if sometimes too div ...more
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