Poems 4 A.M.
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Poems 4 A.M.

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In these poems, we come to know a different side of the acclaimed novelist Susan Minot. We find her awake in the middle of the night, contemplating love and heartbreak in all their exhilarating and anguished specifics. With astonishing openness, in language both passionate and enchanting, she offers us an intimate map of a troubled and far-flung heart: “Can you believe I t...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Knopf (first published 2002)
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Tina Edwards
One of my favorite poetry books.
Kristin Garcia

I was interested in Susan Minot as an author after reading “Lust” from Lust and Other Stories. I noticed she wrote from a woman’s perspective that was focused on an exaggerated emotional response to the idea that men do not love as woman do. I saw it as a one sided viewpoint on how men and woman interact with love and relationships. Although I didn’t agree with what she was say exactly, her raw emotion drew me in and made me want more from her.

Poems 4 A.M shows her breathtaking search for self.

Dalya Bordman
Poems 4 A.M. by Susan Minot, Knopf, New York 2002
Susan Minot reinvents sex, love, and self-revelation in her collection of poems, Poems 4 A.M. Minot’s collection evokes emotion and relates to readers because of its universal subject matter: romance, growing up, and moving on. The collection is divided into nine chapters, each relating to a different place ranging from Boston to Rome. Each chapter gives insight to Minot’s life in relation to the place it represents. For example, the first chapt...more
Rebecca Smith
Susan Minot’s Poems 4 A.M., was a collection of poems written about her memories as a child, the places she traveled, but mostly, they were about love.
If it wasn’t about the love she had, it was about the love of which she yearned. Her poems were written in a variety of ways. There were short, choppy, one word lined poems, and lengthy, long winded lined poems. Every poem had a rhyme scheme. The array of poems kept the read fresh and captivating. I was not getting tired of reading the same verse...more
Tatum Rosell
The hours before dawn reminds one of early morning scuffles to the kitchen, brewing a cup of coffee, and reading a morsel of random newspaper fluff to snap the average human synapse into work mode. Susan Minot contrasts this and other romantic depictions of dawn; sleepless nights are Minot’s detoured slighting of dawn description. Her collection of poetry is divided into nine sections; each is given the title of significant states, countries, and cities. This categorization of the birthing plac...more
I loved this little book. Minot's use of language is playful, with rhyme sprinkled throughout, and to the point without being boring or didactic. Most of these are lost love poems, so the book on the whole is sad, but there's wry humor here, too, as well as lust and hope. This one's a keeper, I will be buying it for my collection for re-reading. Minot's poem "Family Dog", too, is one of the best poems in a dog's voice that I've ever read.
ABAB rhyme scheme in anything from this century is usually a turn off for me, I'm afraid.

'Evening' was far more poetic.
Feb 21, 2008 Audrey rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Edna St. Vincent Millay
I would have given this two and a half it I had the option, because I did like several of the poems very much.
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Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She curren...more
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