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Broken Symmetry

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Broken Symmetry is a collection drawn from the experiences of daily life and organized through the context of mathematics. Poet Jack Ridl uses remarkably clear and precise language to express a singular awareness of the world around us. Some of the poems in this volume deal with the universal human experience of loss, others discover a fresh perspective on what is easily o ...more
Paperback, 122 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Wayne State University Press (first published March 21st 2006)
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Feb 26, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Michigan poet Jack Ridl has created a wonder of a book. If, as they say, God is in the details, the selections in broken symmetry glisten with the divine. Every small item – and Jack chronicles lots of them in his poems: collections of salt and pepper shakers, Vs of geese, broken windows, a spray of violets sent from France during World War II – shines with significance.

Jack’s specificity forces us to pay attention to the complexity of overlooked things, taken-for-granted things, as in his “The
Jaci Millette
Aug 28, 2016 Jaci Millette rated it liked it
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I picked a copy of this collection up at the library in Holland, wanting to read some local Michigan poetry while on vacation downstate. Jack's first two poems, "Broken Symmetry, the title piece, and "The History of Pencils" are absolutely stunning and set high expectations for the rest of the collection-- expectations that were not quite met. Jack's contemplative poems seamlessly flowed together and touched on themes of family, simplicity versus complexity, and the interconnectedness of everyth ...more
Katey Bassett
Jul 27, 2015 Katey Bassett rated it it was amazing
these words got me through a hard time, so thankful someone thought of me when they read these words.
Camille Chidsey
Jan 16, 2013 Camille Chidsey rated it liked it
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I really liked the tone of this book. It's quietly meditative, very lyrical, and I enjoyed his responses to everyday events. It's a nice, contemplative book of poetry, partly because of his nature as a person and partly due to his religious motivations I'm not religious but I think he wrote about religion well. It's a good read for those who say they "don't get poetry."
Tim Lepczyk
Jan 14, 2008 Tim Lepczyk rated it liked it
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Jack was one of my teachers and I'm still learning from him. This collection has a quiet tone to it and the poems shift in unexpected ways that leave you in the right place, but which you had no idea you were heading toward.
Dec 19, 2007 Kiley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
my uncle is a very well known poet.... a few years ago he was honored with an award that is similar to a pulitzer but for poets. obviously im partial, but this is a must read.
Andrea Cleary
Jul 07, 2008 Andrea Cleary rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book, by the fabulous writer and professor and mentor and friend... Jack Ridl! I cannot wait for his new book to come out.
Jennifer Louden
Jul 31, 2010 Jennifer Louden marked it as to-read
I was lucky enough to attend a writer's retreat with Jack in April - what a wonderful man and talented poet.
Stephen Frey Wagg
Feb 29, 2008 Stephen Frey Wagg rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: poets, michiganders
One of my college poetry professors, a former circus clown, and a native of my adopted love, Pittsburgh.

Jul 31, 2007 Annie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
a poet for anyone who says 'I love poetry' and for anyone who says 'I don't get poetry'...
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