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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  5 reviews
The poems in Hartley Field are by turns witty and amusing, lyrical and moving. But always they are clear and -direct.

Wanek writes clever, closely observed poems on subjects as diverse as "Butter" and "The Hammer," work which is in the tradition of Francis Ponge and Pablo Neruda. These are often humorous and are enormous fun to read. Similarly, a number of poems focus upon
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Published September 1st 2002 by Holy Cow! Press
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This is the second volume I've read by Connie Wanek, and it was just as wonderful as her more recent collection, "On Speaking Terms." While reading that book, I simply enjoyed getting a feel for her voice; this time, though, I found myself more aware of her ability to capture everyday images with such startling clarity.

Her similes, in particular, are astounding for their pitch-perfect language for whatever it is she's describing. For example, she compares an overripe raspberry to "a dress shoe,
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Nov 18, 2007 MaryAnn F rated it 5 of 5 stars
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No poet I've read is better at fully exploring the potential range of associations and images around the given subject. A lovely book, accessible and rich!
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One of my favorite Duluth poets. Connie Wanek rocks!
I wasn't sure about this at first, but Wanek won me over.
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I'm enjoying many of these poems.
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Connie Wanke was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In 1989 she moved with her family to Duluth, Minnesota where she now lives.

Her work appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review.

Wanek has published three books of poetry, and served as co-editor of the comprehensive histori
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