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The Green Piano

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In this, her first collection since the career-spanning Mad Dogs of Trieste (2000), Janine Pommy Vega writes with quiet command of her life and times and of our shared American present. Here are protests against the depravities of the prison system and the Washington war machine political poems that are fierce yet never strident and that always begin in closely observed ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Black Sparrow Press
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Brendan
Poems written in the late 1990's - early 2000's.

Vega's primary topics are people she's known, nature, places she's been (Italy, for example), and socio-political issues. If her writing has a flaw, it's that she sometimes lets her emotions / political biases get the better of her. When this happens, she can come off as silly. But as a whole, it's a worthy body of work, even if a lot of the pieces aren't my type.

These five poems stood out to me:

"Patrick Nolan" and "Blind Numbers Over the Hill",
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