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DRIVING THE BODY BACK (Knopf Poetry Series, No 23)

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A collection of poetry on the subjects of death and grieving, written as a series of family portraits.
Hardcover, 81 pages
Published April 12th 1986 by Knopf
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Jul 19, 2012 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
This was an interesting, fast read, but I found more historical interest than poetic interest in it. Swander is a competent poet but these poems do not stand out. The book consists of nine character sketches of family members, marking how they lived and the peculiarities of how they died. These life stories are lightly enveloped in the speaker's drive to take her mother's body back to rest with all of her family members. Here's a taste from "Ed":

Ed knew his chickens and he knew
his ducks. Every m
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