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Goodnight Architecture: Poems
Poetry. "Gretchen Mattox's Goodnight Architecture is a fine example of a collection that houses mind and heart harmoniously. She has read her Louise Gluck and learned from her without being derivative in the least: it must have tasted like grief, the narrative flame. Nothing fit again, a miscalculation of weather.' Small words (again') carry so much weight in these poems, ...more
Paperback, 73 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by New Issues Poetry & Prose
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I liked this book, but I resisted liking it; for the first twenty poems, I found the work self-reflexive and overwritten; that is, expected and not particularly interesting and imprecise. But Mattox gradually won me over. Her obsession with reconciling the past with the present illuminated my own. Individual lines leapt out of the angst and crystallized, lines like: "I am taking the anvil of my own undoing and throwing it back at you, walking up and down the shore, entirely alone, entirely ...more