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My Father's Kites

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The centerpiece of Allison Joseph's sixth full-length poetry collection is a sequence of thirty-four sonnets about losing her father. "Superbly executed, part family history and part homage, Allison Joseph strings the frail human voices across the forceful lines of her verse to summon her absent father back from the dead." -- Maura Stanton
Paperback, 80 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Steel Toe Books
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Sandy Longhorn
My Father's Kites is a beautiful, elegiac collection that seeks to uncover the often difficult relationship between a father and his daughter, the speaker of the poems. This difficult relationship is seen through the lens of the father's death, although the poems touch on the speaker's entire life with and without her father. In the shadows, there waits the figure of the mother who died years earlier, adding to the depth of the speaker's losses. Nearly all of the poems are formal, including vill ...more
I especially like the title poem with its "crude assemblages of paper sacks and twine," experiences of kite-flying that leave the speaker with "this unsated need" to send herself "into the untenable."

Joseph's poems weave a story of family love, terrible disappointments (her father reproaching her at graduation for the illustrious award she won: "How they give a little black girl like you a Jim Crowe Ransom prize?"), making do, & coming to terms with loss as we all must. Her coming to terms i
Allison Joseph explores her relationship with her father, the emotions and thoughts that followed his death, and other complicated family sorts of things. I can relate to so many of the poems in this collection and it is definitely one I will return to in the future.
quiet poems, but powerful
Allison Joseph's newest book is a beautiful collection of poetic form. It's also a collection of elegies for her late father. Yet somehow, she never falls into the trap of melodrama that poems of mourning could bring. This may be Joseph's best collection, yet!
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