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The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon by Charles Jensen
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Oct 22, 08

bookshelves: sci-fi, poetry
Read in October, 2008, read count: 1

"How do you love a lightning bolt? The answer: you do it quickly, and once."

This chapbook felt purposely uneven, but scattered through the 21 pages of mixed writing were flashing, lightning-birthed gems such as this one.

Like Maribel Dixon (and, the text more than hints, like her husband), the various segments are disconnected and dissociated, both in time, voice and style, and it took me two slow read-throughs to begin to absorb the whole. And I'm not even talking about the story.

I haven't decided whether this is good poetry. But parts of it are brilliant.
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