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The Second Child: Poems

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  67 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Nine years after the stunning debut of her critically acclaimed poetry collection A Working Girl Can’t Win, which chronicled the progress and predicaments of a young woman, Deborah Garrison now moves into another stage of adulthood–starting a family and saying good-bye to a more carefree self.

In The Second Child, Garrison explores every facet of motherhood–the ambivalence,
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Molly
Aug 25, 2012 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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From Wikipedia: Serious critics like one reviewer for Library Journal claim that "Garrison entertains, but shallowly." Similarly, William Logan of The New Criterion wrote, "It's not that these poems are bad, though they're bad enough; it's that they're not sure what poems should do."

I'm not sure I would be quite as harsh, but I would say that Garrison's poetry is designed for an audience that perhaps might not include me. Her poems are simple and show their cards--the rhymes are not subtle, nor
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Debi
May 29, 2012 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author has an exquisite ability to make ordinary moments extraordinary. I read the book in one sitting, expecting to find one or two poems that I liked, then expecting to find one or two I didn't like, then finding that I enjoyed them all.

One of my favorites: A Drink in the Night

My eyes opened
at once for you were standing
by my side, you'd padded
in to ask for a drink in the night.

The cup was--where?
Fallen down, behind?
Churning in the dishwasher, downstairs?
Too tired to care, I cupped
my hand
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Cheyenne Phillips
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The writing is rather simple but something about it just gave me a better appreciation for motherhood. Many of the poems in this book.. just makes me believe that being a mother is not a terrible idea. Would have liked the sentiment behind each poem to be more meaningful. But, it was really an eye opener.
willow
Jan 09, 2008 willow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is something unnerving and slightly repellant about the tone of these poems, perhaps just the absorption in parenting itself, which at once seems inevitable and sad is reflected here. However, there are some very beautiful moments of sound and meaning in these pages crafted by a woman who is seemingly doing it all- 3 kids, poetry editor at Knopf and managing to publish and write her own work- who says on pg. 59 " I don't mean to sound spoiled, but please don't think I don't know how gratef ...more
Karenlupton
May 12, 2008 Karenlupton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite poems from this collection (written by a mother of three) are "Bedtime Story" and "Add One". Not all the poems speak to me, but there are ones that capture bittersweet moments of motherhood and resonate.
Kate Cronin
Dec 23, 2015 Kate Cronin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several poems written in response to her experiences on and after 9/11, but the best are about her experiences being a mom of three.
Mike
Feb 25, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
either way no way
the consuming obsession: when will it come

to the man in a loden coat

into the lincoln tunnel
Betsy
Dec 03, 2007 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love her poetry. Mothers would love this--a lot of the poetry is about her experience as a mother.
Kristin
Aug 08, 2008 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the way Garrison takes the everyday mom moments and makes them sing!
Lisa
Feb 16, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Deborah Garrison's poems.
Kristin
Mar 01, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Very simple, moving poems.
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