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Camera Stellata by Dana Curtis
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Jun 15, 2011

Read in June, 2011

Dana Curtis writes with a pen dipped in noir--think Warren Zevon and his obsession with the genre as manifested in fiction; think Sylvia Plath and her obsession with the early and inky-hued films of Ingmar Bergman, especially THE SEVENTH SEAL, THE MAGICIAN, and PERSONA. Think also of Paul Muldoon, the only poet, so far as I know, to win an award from ASCAP, and the great line he wrote for his dying friend: "the flesh, Warren, is merely a bruise on the spirit."  Curtis's body may be bruised, and also her heart, but the latter beats strong beneath the spiky, seductive intelligence--now think barbed wire--of these poems' music, which amply displays a poet come fully into her powers and with her spirit flying free.
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