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"Friend to objects, saints and dead celebrities alike, Elaine Equi is the real McCoy: a keeper of the sacred flame of language-joy. Her work re-alerts us to our earliest love of words as toys, jewels, confections. In doing so she juices up our thinking. What’s better than writing that delights as it sharpens the mind? You’ve heard of ‘smart drinks’ or ‘smart drugs,’ said t ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Coffee House Press
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Equi does many things in her poems, but their most consistent quality is a friendliness. Always, there is an undercurrent of acuity; just as a riptide intermittently makes a floating body heavier, so do Equi's poems sail and bounce and play at the surface of a great depth. Read this book, and you'll end up tugging at your neighbor's trunks.
A nearly perfect collection of poetry. Elaine Equi makes me want to be a better writer. She communicates the world from a unique and beautiful perspective. There were a few pieces I didn't like, but on the whole one of the best books of poetry I have read in a long time.