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Dispatch from the Future by Leigh Stein
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Read from August 08 to September 16, 2012

I received a copy of this book through the Good Reads program. I'm a tough grader, so three stars is good. Overall I enjoyed this book. The poems were evocative with wonderful imagery that made many of them haunting or nostalgic or both. There is also a fair amount of wry humor to keep things light. They are mostly what I'd call free verse, but with just enough structure to help them hold together (e.g. unrhymed couplets, meter and line length). I actually like formal poetry that is more highly structured, so the simple unrhymed lines got a little old for me (at least a whole book of them). And as another reviewer said, there were poems where it feels like Stein is still searching for her voice, perhaps because she is still quite young. I expect her work to improve and grow deeper with time.
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