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Kissing in Iceland by Eliza Locke
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May 14, 10

bookshelves: first-reads-winnings, four-star, poetry, autographed-copy
Read in May, 2010

The title may sound a bit sentimental, but "Kissing in Iceland" is actually far from gushing. Contained within this brief book from Eliza Locke are indeed poetic tales of travel and romance; however, be the setting Charlestown or Stockholm, the travel itself is overall irrelevant and clouded in correlation to each narrative prose-poem, and the romance is oftentimes amoral and detached rather than sweet and overbearing. Much in the fashion of a collection such as Christy Leigh Stewart's "Loath Letters," "Kissing in Iceland" presents bitter honesty without pleading for understanding all the while. With every glimpse into the lives of those who live in order to remember or forget or deny or justify, there is always some sort of inspiration to be found, and Kelly Carmody's minimalistic drawings highly complement this inspiration.

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