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Blizzard of One by Mark Strand
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Jun 05, 12


A highly meditative collection, this most often put me in mind of being in an isolated winter cabin deep in the woods. Wry at times but not really humorous, definitely on the somber/reflective side. Strand uses long lines here with great success. Many of the poems are multi-sectioned or parts of suites. Personal favorites were "The Night, The Porch" and "In Memory of Joseph Brodsky". This was my first extended encounter with Strand's work and while I did not love it I certainly thought it was worthwhile read, I'll look at some of his work from a different era in the future.

I'll note that this particular edition (bound at The Book Press in Brattleboro, Vermont and Printed at The Stinehour Press in Lunenburg Vermont) is really impressive on a physical level. Sturdy ribbed pages, great type (Linotype Janson), and exceptional layout.
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