32nd out of 113 books — 26 voters
My Body: New and Selected Poems
by Joan Larkin
Poetry. "Over the decades of writing, Joan Larkin has proved her mastery, whether the poem is mythic, elegiac, or biographical. Her honesty is overwhelming, but it is coupled with poetic cunning, gorgeous language and a rhythm and tone so precise and appropriate that it is--as in the great poets--transparent. There are no tricks and no evasive moves, nothing that in ten ye...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Hanging Loose Press
(first published April 1st 2007)
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Joan Larkin's poetry covers thirty years and parts of four decades in this collection as she grapples with themes of sexuality, love, family, and loss, much of it autobiographical. She presents the new poems first and then moves backward in time. Taking them all into consideration, I can see the maturity and growth of her writing in the most recent poems, yet there is so much in every decade.