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May the Generations Die in the Right Order by Penelope Scambly Schott
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Fabuluous - I'm very close to giving it 5 out of 5 stars. Very rarely does a poet paint such moving and lush descriptions with so few words. Schott isn't afraid of contradictions, creative grammar, and topics such as war, failed relationships and the aching difficulties of parental imperfections.

She goes on a little too much about what others have done to her - 1/2 way through the book I thought it should have been titled "May All My Exes Die In Quick Succession" - without discussing why she chose to be with certain people and what this says about her.

Nevertheless, I was touched by so many of these poems - the frequent humor, the down-to-earth language, the quiet, haunting regrets of a life fully lived.
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Cami Great review. Thanks for the laugh in the second paragraph!


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