206th out of 226 books — 244 voters
Frameless Windows, Squares of Light: Poems
by Cathy Song
Cathy Song's poems are "bouquets to those moments in life that seemed minor but in retrospect count the most," Richard Hugo said of the poet's first book. "She accommodates experiential extremes with a sensibility strengthened by patience that is centuries old, ancestral, tribal, a gift passed down."
Paperback, 96 pages
Published December 17th 2003 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1988)
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Unremarkable. It commits the cardinal sin of any book - boring the reader. It reads like a stale memoir with little plot and less craft. It's not bad, but it's also no good. But it makes a fantastic cautionary tale for aspiring poets: like fortune, art favors the bold.