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Perennial Fall

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At the heart of this unusually accomplished and affecting first book of poetry is the idea of the hinge—the point of connection, of openings and closings. Maggie Dietz situates herself in the liminal present, bringing together past and future, dream and waking, death and life. Formally exact, rigorous, and tough, these poems accept no easy answers or equations.

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Paperback, 72 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2006)
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I wasn't very impressed. It was nice enough, but didn't really stick out to me. There was some predictable imagery such as "apples froze in clusters on/the branches, glass apples on glass trees./Any false move would end them." or "here is the porcelain tub: expectant, cool,/its ledges lined with lavender and lemon,/labeled jars of mud and salt and oil,/milled soaps that smell of rose or melon".

The lines that did catch my attention were: "But something strange/is going on: The trees are tired/of...more
Maggie Dietz is a Boston-based contemporary poet who coordinates Robert Pinsky's Favorite Poem Project and teaches at Boston University. This collection of poetry for me is a new favorite - a book I will guard and cherish. Maggie is a rock star.
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