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White Dress

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  22 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Hardcover, 57 pages
Published 1985 by Wesleyan
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Mike
Apr 11, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
Brenda Hillman’s first full-length collection of poetry, “White Dress” (published 1984) is a pleasure to read. The collection presents 35 poems in three parts. Most are about a page in length and all are written in free verse. Hillman’s poems are frequently enjambed. A few poems span two pages and the longest in the collection, “In the Provinces” is five pages in length, broken up into eleven sections. The poems are on the surface very accessible, with familiar scenes presented using powerful an ...more
Astall
Aug 31, 2010 Astall rated it it was ok
Looks as though I read this in July of 2007, which must be when I bought it. I liked it a good bit less, today, than I did then.

I was trying, today, to imagine the circumstance in which this book would have been received with great interest, seen as a harbinger of a long and interesting poetic career. I can't imagine it, though I work with people still working in this vein, but am instead grateful for the poetry that has been written before and after this that has rejected the modes at work here
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