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I was prepared to dislike this book: a long series of biographical poems based on the author's ancestor--based on her letters and journals, specifically--and framed, for the most part, in the first person. I don't know why I expected this to fail: Naton Leslie is a good poet; I've read his work before and liked it. And I liked this book: there's a deft touch here that keeps the material from lapsing into the overly emotional or nostalgic and allows the **voice** to come through purely, with its ...more