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The Swing Girl

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In the title poem of The Swing Girl, a Greek burial relic with an image of a small child on her swing suggests the ability to move between present culture and the ghosts of history, between modern metaphor and the rhetoric of myth. Katherine Soniat celebrates this fluidity and the detached yet vulnerable perception that comes with it: “The territory that girl could cover, ...more
Paperback, 74 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by Louisiana State University Press
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"The Swing Girl" is the fifth collection of poetry released by Katherine Soniat, a resident professor of writing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, but this would be my first read from her collection.

I finished reading this some time ago (right around December 9th of this year). The poems themselves range in quality from beautiful reflections of locales and lives once past, to those that are snippets of life and nature that never really get off the ground for me, seeming truncate
Lovely fragments, but a weak entirety.

The poet has a wonderful way with metaphors and images, some of the lines are downright transporting. It's the kind of book I'd buy to inspire me. But the collection suffers from seemingly unrelated poems and a lack of grounding. How can readers join in the story if we can't tell what it's all about?

I got the thread of losing a loved one to illness, but until page 39 I thought it was a spouse. Now I think it's a daughter. But there's no timeline here, no int
Rebecca A. Rogers
Most poetry in this collection is told in first person. (Notice I say most, not all; the first twelve pages, and a few others along the way, are exempt.) First person isn't bad, it's just the way it was used. I felt like author was telling rather than showing.

As far as my view on the collection goes... While some of the poetry was thought-provoking and beautiful, the rest made my eyes glaze. I didn't bother finishing the last five pages, either.

Since I hate giving bad reviews, I will say this:
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