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All the Jawing Jackdaw
 
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Nava Fader
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"“This is my messenger through enemy lines, carrier pigeon, pecking out and in again.” In this series of dialogues with—and riffs on—the lines of her poetic precursors (Plath, Rich, Ashbery, Turcotte, Bunting, and others), Nava Fader navigates the bloodstream of poetry past and fixates on rediscovering the red cells, the flesh-made words, amidst the white noise. Yet ...more
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John Hyland
Dec 17, 2009 John Hyland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-poetics
“Dears, this was not what I expected”

—so begins this collection that offers “layers of sweet and semi dark in tombs or thrones” where we might “take ease.” Fader gives us poetry to wake to . . . she also gives us poetry to dream with, to cook dinner with, to bust out of a mid-afternoon haze with . . . Here we encounter a poetry that often splits the difference between the rough excesses of experience and the fine lines of phonemic flight, a poetry where we might “learn to breathe the text,” wher
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