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There are a few poems here that I think are just wonderful—too few. None are actually bad. Most just seem OK, but not memorable. I really like the theme of the book, a look at life and its travails and why god does not seem to be where he is supposed to be. Those poems that impressed me, indeed, are those that looked for the source of god within the needs of the human psyche and those that told us that no matter how much we long for god there is a tendency for god not to be there when we need hi...more
I'm interested in the intersection with Donne, the contemporary ideas of... not faith or worship but perhaps dedication. The opening poem is phenomenal... the rest don't quite live up to it, for me. Perhaps if I was a person invested in questions of faith?
I have a few issues with this book, like little notable innovation with the sonnet form and flat subject matter. But I think my biggest criticism is that I don't feel any fresh approach to calling on God, or forming a prayer, however "unholy" these sonnets purport to be. I would like something that makes these poems feel that they are springing to God's hands, or at least want a renewing kind of attention.