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The Wynona Stone Poems

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
If long-dead poet E.A. Robinson and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell had collaborated to
depict a contemporary Midwestern woman in verse, they just might have come up
with Wynona Stone, Caki Wilkinson’s sort-of heroine, who is stuck in the
hometown she always meant to leave, faced with a life that seems desperately
mediocre. Wilkinson follows in the footsteps of Eliot
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 15th 2014 by Persea (first published November 15th 2014)
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Annette Boehm
Dec 19, 2014 Annette Boehm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Wynona is a character. We see her grow up with brothers, see her play basket ball, see her stand out like a sore thumb at a garden party. From her first time in a locker room to her job in period costume at a museum and her obsession with the local weatherman, we see it all, or rather, hear it all, in her very distinctive voice. Enjoyable poetry collection that forms a larger narrative. For a more in-depth discussion, visit my blog: http://outsideofacat.wordpress.com/2014/12/11/on-throwing-up-w ...more
Joe
Dec 11, 2014 Joe rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.
Split into three sections and varying poetic forms, this poetry collection traces the persona of Wynona Stone from adolescence to somewhere in her fifties in the town of Pleasant Bluff. Wilkinson’s use of meter is sometimes inspired: an aging Wynona vaguely realizes she’ll never use—or experience—the word adagio. Instead “She’ll spend her tenure at the fireworks show/ not thinking cherry blossom, jellyfish, / but grass gives me a butt rash and I wish / I hadn’t had that se
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Matt
Mar 17, 2015 Matt rated it liked it
I wanted to like this collection of linked poems, a biography of sorts of modern day everywoman Wynona Stone, more than I actually did. It's a fun project, to follow Wynona and her family as she grows from an odd child to one who gets walloped by adult life. But the best poems, the deepest, richest, and most humane all occur in the books first section, especially those with her relationship with her adult coach, which I take as the "reason" Wynona can't sustain adult relationships. The poems ...more
Dana Jerman
Jan 05, 2015 Dana Jerman rated it liked it
These poems are extremely technically accomplished and well thought out, but they are toys. Kitschy and cute and even the dirty things about them are clean and convenient. Great if you enjoy poetry about goofy relationships and backward family dynamics and the feminine argument that chocolate fixes everything.
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