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Invisible Strings by Jim Moore
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Mar 19, 12

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Read in January, 2012

Written for review in Reach's "Bound to Please" column:

"Jim Moore has keen eyes, to draw the span of the world into himself and construct such dazzling moments. These fragmented poems continue the tradition of: Saphho, Basho, William Carlos Williams, H.D. I imagine the writing process: slender poems on paper napkins, transcribed. Each a breath. A packet of Polaroids. A slip of humor. As in the opening poem, “Love in the Ruins,” which gives us glimpses—an observation of a departed mother’s movements, a dawn neighborhood exchange in knowing silence, a war-wound gratitude, a clever comment on the writing process, a springtime cleanup. If one knows Moore, one can imagine that twinkling smile that would punctuate the quintet, and this is how one could read this delicate and clever collection: a wry grin and a sort of kindness that comes from old friends. The only disappointment is that the reading is over too soon."
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