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Miracle Fruit

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  206 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Poetry. As three worlds collide, a mother's Philippines, a father's India and the poet's contemporary America, the resulting impressions are chronicled in this collection of incisive and penetrating verse. The writer weaves her words carefully into a wise and affecting embroidery that celebrates the senses while remaining down-to-earth and genuine. "We see that everything ...more
Paperback, 86 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Tupelo Press
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Sep 16, 2009 Valerie rated it really liked it
My favorites:

Aanabhrandhanmar Means ‘Mad About Elephants’
The Original William
Lewis and Clark Disagree
Jan 27, 2013 Anita rated it really liked it
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is one of my favorite contemporary poets. The only reservation I have about this particular volume is a bit of an unfair one. Her later collection At the Drive in Volcano is so sumptuous and beautiful and magical, as is Lucky Fish, that this earlier collection doesn't feel quite as transcendent. I do, however, identify strongly with the themes of this one-- I think there may be more literal exploration of South Indian motifs and myth, as well as childhood/young adulthood, h ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Cara rated it really liked it
It was hard for me to give this whole book an overall rating. I found some of the poems to be a little strange, but others were incredibly intelligent and revealing in terms of their wordplay and allusions. I originally picked up the book because of the poem "Cheese Curds, the First Time" but there are plenty of other selections in Miracle Fruit that have the same unique and insightful tone to them.
Oct 31, 2011 secondwomn rated it really liked it
Recommended to secondwomn by: Amy Parker
Shelves: library, poetry, 2011
i like the voice and i especially like the concreteness of place and event in these poems. most of them felt too short, somehow incomplete, like they weren't finished telling me what they needed to say and then the page was turned and it was just over. i'd really give this book 3.5 stars, but i'll bump it up to 4 because i'm really intrigued to read another book of hers. she makes zipping through space and culture a thing of disconcerting ease.
Sep 17, 2009 Sunni rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The poem about fruit picking is one of the best I've ever read. The set-up of the book is good but sometimes feels too forced. Overall, some parts I could take, others I left. I think that was her first collection, though, and it's very strong considering that.
Aug 30, 2008 Craig rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-favorites
Absolutely fantastic collection. I loved nearly every piece.
A plain sort of language that often becomes something otherworldly in its insistent beauty.

And when a poet has a quote from Written On The Body in their book, I have to pay attention.

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Aug 06, 2014 Roz Weisberg rated it really liked it
Vivid and poignant. I'm not much of a poetry reader, but this was recommended to me. It's amazing to see what a poet can do in such a concise and deliberate way. These poems are pure story telling about relationships, home and identity.
Jul 30, 2013 Riddhi rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, visceral, rich. one of the best things I've read this year. Picked it up because of Billy Collins including it in a collection.
Apr 03, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Celeste, fans of Michael Ondaatje or Li-Young Lee or possibly Susan Mitchell
Shelves: poetry
delicate, sensual tasty poems. strongest in the third section, which is definitely the most mature. i enjoyed her moments of strange lyricism more than her narratives or more prosaic tendencies.
Mar 09, 2010 Doug rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
This collection kept holding out promise and its subjects were well-chosen, but in the end the poems lacked musicality and seemed to try just a bit too hard. Still, it's got some magical draw I can't put my finger on.

A bit:

At four, I was ready: fat pencil and paper, lined
the way I like it best -- two strong sky blue lines
with a dotted line in between the two, a soft ceiling
for the tops of lower case letters to brush up against.
Mar 16, 2007 Margaret rated it liked it
Recommends it for: survivors
Shelves: poetry
sweet and sour bites of life...

some nice morsels, others don't go down as well.
nonetheless, a scintillating read. indulge yourself.
Mar 01, 2010 Steve rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2010
Mixed selecton. Some really nice pieces.
Oct 15, 2007 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Fresh, delicious and fun debut with some of the best poems about food I've ever read.
Aug 05, 2007 Amanda rated it liked it
A great book for intro to poetry classes.
Dec 24, 2008 Ann rated it it was amazing
Lovely language.
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author of three collections of poetry, most recently, LUCKY FISH (Tupelo, 2011). Professor of English and Glitter, SUNY-Fredonia
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