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This Far from the Source: Poems
by Neil Shepard
In language that is linguistically rich and musical, Neil Shepard traces the land's pure curve as well as the human imprint that is everywhere apparent on it. And along the way, he explores those shaping forces, both personal and political, that have brought him to middle age, a husband and father fully immersed in that domestic world, yet still full of questions and quest ...more
Paperback, 105 pages
Published September 30th 2006 by Mid-List Press
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I really enjoyed this. but I did not love it. I thought the poems were well crafted and generally very elegant, with good sound and command of language. What made this lovely collection of fine poems not a five star book is that it seemed a bit detached,even at its most personal, when Shepard is discussing his wife and baby daughter. It's almost the opposite of W. D. Snodgrass's "Confessional" poetry, even the confessions are aloof. I thought the middle and later sections were the best, with som ...more