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Losing the Ring in the River
by Marge Saiser
Spare and incisive, the poems in Losing the Ring in the River deal with three strong women--Clara, Emma, and Liz, women who are tough, often sassy, and have dreams that aren't quelled by the realities they face. Saiser deftly explores the undercurrents connecting three generations and is at her most powerful when she explores how lives are restricted and sometimes ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published March 30th 2013 by University of New Mexico Press
(first published January 17th 2013)
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Marge Saiser's latest poetry is rich with story and language. These poems tell of three generations of women from one family. By the end of each section, I knew something of each one. Hard and sweet moments of life are expressed with beauty and dignity.
Was is it like to write like Marge Saiser, to see one's life like Marge Saiser? This collection of poetry is so full of sublime stones in the water, full of moments that lurk just under the surface. There are threads of narrative that reveal an abusive ex-husband, sharp and hard-headed daughters, and a mother in the stages of her passing. Memories are bubbling up, settling down, and bubbling over again. Stanzas taste of fire-seared apple, skinned peaches, boiled tomato, herbs crumbled into soup, ...more