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The Niagara River by Kay Ryan
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Feb 03, 11

bookshelves: poetry
Read from December 28, 2010 to February 03, 2011 — I own a copy

Although I enjoyed some singular poems in this collection, I didn't find it as incisive or as charming as Say Uncle.

The collection seemed less cohesive than earlier ones, and the poems that were the most effective focused keenly on single concrete images, while much of the book dealt too much in abstraction for me. With lines that lean toward 2 to 3 words in length, and poems that are usually not longer than 12 -14 lines, it was disconcerting when a poem would go three or four lines with no concrete noun to hand my focus on.

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message 1: by S. (new) - rated it 2 stars

S. I also wasn't wild about this, although I've liked some of Ryan's poems a lot. I may give her another shot - supposedly the book with 'elephant' in the title is a good one. I'll have to look it up.

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