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Little Spells by Emma Trelles
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Oct 16, 08

it was amazing
Recommended to Pris by: I saw it on Goodreads
Recommended for: Anyone who likes good poetry
Read in October, 2008 , read count: twice

I just read this book and was spellbound (as the title certainly predicted, in my case). I also admit to suffering a huge case of 'poem envy' reading Emma Trelles' book. She's good! She's better than good. It's a book that let me walk along with her and want to continue that walk long after it was over.

In 'From The Shorecrest, Miami Beach' she says

You wrote your way out of central Florida
land of camshafts and juke-punch palms
an otherness so thick it sealed
your mouth with alien-dust.
Mine was a death-by-Cuban-good-girl rules:

And in 'Chicken Lady'

You pay a price for spackle and spit,
for rent, Raid, utilities. Then the drop-kick fee
no one tells you about for living
in the guts of your city.
It can pick your skull clean.

and further down, after she moves...

guilotine window and invisible neightbors.
The cats are collared, the garbage doubles as sculpture.

I could go on, but will just say, buy this book. You won't regret it!

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