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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  107 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Paperback, 115 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Simon & Schuster
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Anatha Latshaw
2.5/5 stars. I was kind of disappointed in this collection, but that doesn't mean that there weren't a few that didn't make my heart ache in the right way. (That, and I liked it a lot better than Selected Poems by Oscar Wilde, which got 2 stars, so it didn't feel like it fit into the same category).

Though most of the poems in this collection were less than memorable (or so I felt), the following five stuck with me (listed in order least to most favored):

1. The Man With a Hole in His Throat
2. Yo
Stephanie Kelley
some of these did nothing for me (maybe because i'm not a parent, nor have i ever farmed) but as usual many glimmers of light & some real gems, especially "marrying the hangman" & "the woman who could not live with her faulty heart"
Atwood's poems have a rich density to them that I am not sure I always like. I keep trying her, because sometimes I come across something that really speaks volumes. Reading her though, sometimes feels like I am toiling in mud to find the thing I want. The words sometimes fall into a basket of words accumulating in my body. Sometimes I want lightness and words that float through me, and tremble in the air.
Aug 17, 2014 Carly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
This was not like the last book of poetry that I read of Atwoods. There weren't as many that hit me hard and make me think, hence the star rating not as high.

But I still love the Atwood!
I love reading Atwood's poems and thinking about them in relation to the chronology of her novels, which is to say pre-Handmaid's Tale and post. This one was good, but lagged in the middle.
A number of exceptional poems, but I forget which collection of Atwood's poetry I'm reading, her voice begrudging in its consistence.

I won't discount the hard work that went into this collection, however; Atwood's craftsmanship is evident. Nothing feels casual or cast-off, as if she spent decades writing this collection.
Overall, this seems like a much more domestic collection then her previous ones, dealing with matters like children, gardening, and cooking. I liked it!
Two Miles Away
Foretelling the Future
Poems for Dolls #4
Footnote to the Amnesty Report on Torture
The Woman Makes Peace With Her Faulty Heart
All Bread
Apr 08, 2009 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Atwoood, fans of feminist poetry
Another wonderful collection from Atwood. Some of the poems lost me a bit, but the ones that were flat-out brilliant ("Two-Headed Poem" being a prime example) made up for that.
I think I'll stick with Atwood's fiction.
So good :)
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Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and grew up in northern Ontario, Quebec, and Toronto. She received her undergraduate degree from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and her master's degree from Radcliffe College.

Throughout her writing career, Margaret Atwood has received numerous awards and honourary degrees. She is the author of more than thirty-five volumes of poetry, childr
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