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Like the Heart, the World by Sage Cohen
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Jan 01, 09

bookshelves: poetry

I read this book in one sitting, something I've never done with a poetry title. Cohen doesn't mince words, doesn't depend too much on lovely descriptions - rather, she is one of those rare lyricists who makes every line count. I often paused mid-poem, amazed with a particular line or stanza, like this one from "Pretty Lady Can I Get a Smile?":


I'd like to change the way
you think about marriage.

Your geography is impressive.
Do you know where your heart is?


The emotional range from poem to poem is one of the strongest features of the book, showing a deep maturity of directness and empathy. The book is also broken up into sections according to where the author has lived at various stages of her life, something I really appreciated. I was slightly confused during some of the poems, but that's just this particular reader and something that didn't happen very often. It also means that one can get different things from a Cohen poem each time it's read, the mark of a strong author. Highly recommended.
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