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Life cycle: the series of developmental stages and changes which comprise the entire life history of a given organism or culture, from inception through maturity and reproductive viability.

“Dena Rash Guzman howls coyote howls. There is holiness in her soup. You're cold and hungry right now and you don't even know it. Come inside. Get warm.” -Scott McClanahan, author of Cra
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Paperback, 75 pages
Published June 2013 by Dog On A Chain Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Beasley Barrenton


These poems are having a discussion amongst themselves. A Last Dinner of sorts, at a long table, in a meadow surrounded by tall pines. They are drinking rich coffee, wine, whisky. They are wearing new clothes from the nice rack at the thrift store. There is laughter on the verge of tears, tears full of all that life needs to survive beyond any struggle, any strife, these poems are human and yet purely animalistic. Ah yes, once again the subtle apocalypse in the background.


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Jen Marin
dare not to die, not today
consider the audacity
-DRG

Strung like beads on a necklace, the poems in Life Cycle open my heart in moments of recognition and resonance. I turn each page and think, I know that feeling! That is me. And that is me too. And even when I don't want to admit it, I would see myself, again and again.

Each poem reminds me that we are all connected, and our experiences mirror each other more than we think. The Buddha tells us that life is suffering, but it is that and so much mo
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Kevin
A widely varied and strong debut collection. DRG is especially good when she's digging the sensual/emotional vein (the universal themes of those poems are turned up brightly with flashes of beauty and longing). She can get a little flighty at times but when she locks into a hard focus, the images become magic.
Wendy
Dena's book Life Cycle has been in my bag--along with my wallet, phone, and a kaleidoscope of knitting projects--as I read it again and again. Lately, it has started falling open to the same poem, so I read that one every time. Which page does your copy fall open to?
Joe Williams
Absolutely loved it. "Life Cycle" is a book I will return to over and over.
Dena Rash Guzman
May 27, 2013 Dena Rash Guzman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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Life cycle: the series of developmental stages and changes which comprise the entire life history of a given organism or culture, from inception through maturity and reproductive viability.

(It was amazing to write Life Cycle - most definitely worth a whole line of stars.)
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Dena Rash Guzman (born 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a poet living on a farm in the Mt. Hood Wilderness near Portland, Oregon.
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