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4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
"This is an extraordinary collection, and its strain of defiant, blood-stirring gypsy music is the tonic you've been looking for."—Albert Godbarth

and Budapest lives in sectioned-off coal cellars, blackdust clogging the thin sieve of skin.Evening swells, sirens beating on six inches of windowlike autumn breaking down on barren streets.Jutka inhales on the decrescendo, the b
Paperback, 125 pages
Published February 11th 2014 by Black Lawrence Press (first published October 15th 2013)
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Gerry LaFemina
Jun 18, 2014 Gerry LaFemina rated it really liked it
We don't often consider a book of poems as "historical" but Battiste's collection is just that: a well-researched yet deeply personal collection of persona poems taking place in post WW2/Cold War Hungary. Chronicling the lives of her own maternal grandparents the book is reminiscent of Rita Dove's Thomas & Beulah. Although ometimes it's difficult to discern the different voices, and sometimes content seems more important than the poetry, the book is surely a worthwhile read.
May 09, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection narrated from multiple perspectives exploring what the revolution in Budapest was truly like. Well written and engaging. I look forward to using some of these pieces in my classes next year. I highly recommend this book of poems!
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Michele Battiste is the author of Ink for an Odd Cartography (Black Lawrence Press, 2009). She is also the author of two chapbooks: Slow the Appetite Down (Spire Press, 2009) and Raising Petra (Pudding House, 2007). She is the recipient of grants and awards from Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, Poets & Writers, the Jerome Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, and AWP. A New York n ...more
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