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Next Life by Rae Armantrout
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Jul 03, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: poetry, read_summer_08
Read in July, 2008

Most of the poems in this collection are gorgeous in the sense that their lines and images intellectually emotional. However, there were a few poems that felt devoid of anything other than clever-ness (and the kind that's a little show-off-y).

Themes of science, motherhood, after-life, nature, and urban landscape are prevalent in this collection, and they all come together quite nicely in an associative lyric style.

I keep thinking as much as I like this style and am drawn to it, I am skeptical of its intelligence and its "making a statement."

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