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Homeland by LuAnn Keener-Mikenas
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Sep 08, 2012

really liked it
Read in September, 2012

The poems in Homeland filled me with a sense of wonder, but also left me with a disquieting sense of dread. The killing and extinction of animals and civilizations shouldn’t make for such easy reading, but these poems are filled with a terrible beauty. I believe it takes delicate skill to make an ekphrastic poem work since the reader often has never seen the art it’s based upon, but the poems here about the Westward movement of European settlers in America leap off the page. The poem “Fear” in the Love Stories section of the collection might be my favorite. The juxtaposition of Ellen Ripley from the Alien films and Anne Frank in the concentration camp and how we can face death and still find hope should not work in any conceivable way, but it does. The Love Stories section seems to spin away from the rest of the collection, but then slowly you weave in the themes that have come before. Highly recommended!
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