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The Physicist at the Mall

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Poetry. "I was surprised by the talk of this traveler in the age of sometimes miracles. These poems are an intimate reading of the spinning globe in a taut and compelling language. Space shifts. I remember again how necessary poetry is in this landscape of a different age. The mall after all is an equation of love and sacrifice. We need Janet Holme's vision, her brilliant ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Anhinga Press (first published 1993)
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Dec 07, 2013 Pierced Librarian rated it really liked it
Neon and Hibiscus are my favorite poems so far in this arching chapbook of poetry. Ms. Holmes covers a lot of ground in this collection. She is a taut writer and I do so enjoy her writing, and I will revisit this review once I am not so awash in other poetry.

Perhaps if I had read The Physicist at the Mall on a week I wasn't already falling in love with 5 other new poets- it would have stood out more. She also teaches at Boise State, which somehow endears her to me more.
Jul 30, 2012 Craig rated it liked it
Signed copy - read way back in 1993 after a particularly great reading in Laramie. I remember being really impressed at the time. Rereading some of my folded pages, still impressed, but maybe not as much.

Wish I had a better memory.

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Janet Holmes is an award-winning poet and author of four books of poetry: F2F; Humanophone; The Green Tuxedo; and The Physicist at the Mall. Her awards include grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Loft-McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts Board; the Minnesota Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Poetry Book of the Year award, the Chad Wa ...more
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