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The Clerk's Tale by Spencer Reece
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Sep 13, 09

bookshelves: poetry
Read in September, 2009

I know I probably should find more to like in this debut collection of poetry, it won a couple of awards and the New Yorker devoted an entire back page to the title poem (which is the best piece in the collection).

It's very clear now that I'm drawn to more linear, narrative voices in poetry. Certainly, The Clerk's Tale (the poem) fits this frame, so too did 'Cape Cod', but much of the remaining poems, I'm sure lend to some sort of brilliance, but I found the voice and rhythm too repetitive and much of the collection simply felt unconnected.

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