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by Mary Kinzie
"The world is touched and stands forth," writes Mary Kinzie in this book of seductive poetic experiment. In lines by turns fragmented and reflective, she shatters and reassembles such curiosities as an engraving by Albrecht Durer and the portrait of a notorious suicide whose children develop a secret telepathy. In one of her many powerful longer pieces, she collects glitte ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Knopf
(first published 2003)
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May 27, 2014 Gabriel Oak rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Exquisite. Based on Kinzie's book A Poet's Guide to Poetry, I had expected something less cerebral, perhaps more pentameter and fixed forms. There's no mistaking Kinzie's impeccable ear or incredible feel for the integrity of a poetic line, but these are also conceptually and linguistically complex poems, and often profound, as in the title poem. I'll definitely be reading more Kinzie soon.