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Take What You Want

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The earthy, intelligent poems in this compelling debut employ elements of fairy tale, dream, and animal life to reveal little-addressed aspects of familial and sexual love and of motherhood, bringing sharply into focus the often inexplicable ties of one individual to another.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Alice James Books
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I find it supercilious that Henrietta Goodman has any internal dilemma regarding the use of life experiences of any acquaintances when she has no quandary stealing characters with elaborate histories. The appropriation of Penelope, Botticelli’s Venus, and Gretel are not completely appropriate – in Gretel’s case she refutes the incestuous insinuations by insisting that Hansel was not a literal brother figure. It does not relegate the fact that it exists, the use of a character with an established ...more
The 2006 Beatrice Hawley Award winner. Some really amazing poems in here, particularly her Gretel poems.

Here's "Transparency":

The problem is, we only see part
of the problem. We see the hole
punched in the wall. We see the woman
who is not crying, though she knows
she should. There is the life we dreamed
together, and here is the one we will have
instead, in which we simply overlap.
In the quiet building at 5 P.M., a woman
sits on a desk with her legs spread,
and the man who stands between them
is the one
Kasey Jueds
Some gorgeous poems in here, lyrical but also sharp-edged and surprising.
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