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Minor Characters: A Beat Memoir
4.00
it was amazing
Joyce Johnson is my literary hero. Her stories are told so candidly and stoically. I can only hope to one day tell my story as well as she tells hers. ...more
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Apr 17, 2007
 
Islamic Art and Architecture
3.87
really liked it
This book is very comprehensive and well-organized on the world of islamic art--an often very-little studied area in the art world. I read it after he ...more
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Apr 20, 2007
 
Blue Hour
3.84
it was amazing
The form of this book blows my mind. Very imagistic, complicated, and above all, accomplished... Forche has quickly become one of my favorite poets si ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Their Eyes Were Watching God
3.86
it was amazing
This book is wonderful--I can't believe I've not yet read it. Very symbolic, subtle, and rich--just as a great read should be. The dialect is quite di ...more
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May 21, 2007
 
Selected Poems and Prose of Paul Celan
4.40
it was amazing
Not an easy read. Heart-breaking, but beautiful.

"Black milk of morning we drink you at daybreak..."
Jun 28, 2009
Feb 27, 2009
 
Moving Towards Balance
4.13
it was amazing
One of the best--if not the best--intro to yoga out there.
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Apr 20, 2007
 
The Year of Magical Thinking
3.86
it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book for a long time, but I'm glad I waited several years to get through my own "magical thinking." This book speaks ...more
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Apr 17, 2007
 
Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
3.91
liked it
I am giving this book three stars because the writing is good and its a fascinating page-turner for sure, but this book annoyed me! Maybe I don't like ...more
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Jan 04, 2008
 
Disgrace
3.83
it was amazing
I am so impressed by the construction of this narrative; it's absolutely flawless and reads so well. I didn't see anything in the text coming. That be ...more
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Nov 25, 2007
 
Letters to a Young Poet
4.34
it was amazing
One of the most important books for me that I've read in ages. I wish I would have found it sooner:

"...grow through your developement quietly and seri
...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
White Teeth
3.74
it was amazing
All over my copy of this book, reviewers are struck by Smith's age--all of 24 when she wrote this book--I can't imagine having the knowledge of life a ...more
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Apr 18, 2007
 
The Shipping News
3.83
it was amazing
Shocking, gross at times, destitute... with a main character that exudes all that and even more detestible attributes. Somehow the book softens the re ...more
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Apr 20, 2007
 
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness
4.37
liked it
A very comprehensive anthology of poems during various war times (many of which we rarely hear about), framed in the interesting, helpful context of f ...more
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Apr 17, 2007
 
Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems
3.94
really liked it
I love how fearless Bruce is. Each poem is so intimate and powerful, as if the images are leaping off the pages... For me, his work certainly transcen ...more
May 16, 2008
Dec 18, 2007
 
Magic City
4.11
it was amazing
LOVE this book. Such a clear look into childhood with the innocence of that time, but also the wisdom of adulthood. The first poem in the book, "Venus ...more
Sep 10, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
New and Collected Poems: 1931-2001
4.35
it was amazing
I can't seem to speed through this collection (not that I could anyway, given the length) but so many of the poems are so special that I keep wanted t ...more
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Nov 30, 2007
 
Sourcebook on Rhetoric
4.58
really liked it
I have a love/ hate relationship with this book. It was a huge part of my undergraduate career, being both helpful in communication (it's written by a ...more
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May 21, 2007
 
Collected Poems
4.40
it was amazing
I can't believe I haven't found this sooner... Kenyon is the heart and soul of what I want to one day accomplish in my own work. "Having it out with M ...more
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Jun 28, 2009
 
The Voice at 3:00 A.M.: Selected Late and New Poems
4.15
it was amazing
I'm new to Simic, but am quickly becoming obsessed. This man never runs out of fresh and candid ways to say things. I find him challenging, emotionall ...more
Jan 2008
Nov 30, 2007
 
Atonement
3.87
it was amazing
This is a wonderful, pulsating book. Seems to harken back to the best of modernism; very influence by Virginia Woolf--probably why I like it so much! ...more
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Apr 20, 2007
 
Never Mind: Twenty Poems And A Story (Ibis Editions)
4.48
really liked it
Wonderful, interesting collection. Word choice and the use of the poetic line is near perfect. Of course the problem of translation exists, but whethe ...more
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Apr 17, 2007
 
The Darkness Around Us is Deep: Selected Poems
4.41
it was amazing
"You don't have to
prove anything," my mother said. "Just be ready
for what God sends." I listened and put my hand
out in the sun again. It was all easy.
...more
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Oct 27, 2008
 
Maps for Lost Lovers
3.80
it was amazing
Amazing, rich book. Painful, but wonderful. Many connections to Marquez and Rushdie, but Aslam is reaching something all his own. One of the greatest ...more
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Nov 09, 2007
 
Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music: A Continuing Symposium
3.00
liked it
Though this little anthology is a bit text-booky at times, it offers some really good and helpful insight into 20th Century music. The essays on Schoe ...more
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Apr 20, 2007
 
Europe by Eurail 2004, 28th: Touring Europe by Train
3.78
really liked it
This thing looks like it's been to hell and back on my shelf--the sign of a good travel book. Really useful if you're new to Eurail, and also many day ...more
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Apr 20, 2007
 
Sula
3.86
it was amazing
I can't stop thinking about this book for all of it's haunting images and the intracacies. It has grown on me so much after reading it multiple times. ...more
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May 21, 2007
 
Dark Harbor
4.10
it was amazing
AMAZING. The more Strand I read, the more stunned I am. He tackles everything in this one long poem. I'll return to it again and again, I'm sure.
Oct 13, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
 
Hostels European Cities
3.33
it was amazing
I read and got a lot of use out of the 2004 edition. I imagine it's still as good if not better. Very helpful information and honest advice.
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Apr 20, 2007
 
The Complete Plays
4.06
it was amazing
Lyrical, emotional, heart-breakingly wonderful... as only Irish drama can be. I've thought about the plays in this book long after reading them.
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Apr 17, 2007
 
What Saves Us
4.17
it was amazing
"Say it clearly and you make it beautiful, no matter what."

One of the most important books to my own development as a poet. Thanks, Bruce.

Nov 09, 2008
Aug 29, 2008
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