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Published March 1969 (first published 1969)
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This is one of those Atwoods I read in the summer of '99 and thought was good, although maybe it doesn't dive as deep as some of her other works. This book starts to delve into the subjects she would find interesting later--power imbalances between men and women, eco-consciousness, and political/humanitarian problems.
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I read this when I was young (as it's in my mom's bookcase), I still remember "Every time I hit the keys/on my electric typewriter/another village explodes."

Now that's great poetry, right up there with "I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each/I do not think that they will sing to me."
Mar 25, 2010 R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Doesn't read like poetry from 40+ years ago. The seedlings for Onyx and Cake are evident in the title piece, "Speeches for Dr. Frankenstein" and "Elegy for giant tortoises" among others.
Atwood's second* volume of poetry and, to my mind, her greatest.

*third, fourth, FIFTH (kidding) -- Some of us can't afford expensive, limited edition collections of poetry!
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr...more
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