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Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow by August Kleinzahler
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Read in May, 2009

I was in and out with this book -- like, from poem to poem and within poems themselves. I think what he's doing, the pairing of very exacting craft with gritty "urban" material, is great, but it comes off really mannered and false about half the time. But jeez, there are some beautiful moments. Read the first "Reno" poem, "San Francisco/New York," "Who Stole the Horses from the Indians?" "Visits," "Going."

Oh, and I totally agree with a previous reviewer about the troublesome font usage. Everything does look like it's in boldface. It's distracting.
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