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Carpathia by Cecilia Woloch
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Jun 25, 12

Read in October, 2009

By now I've read this book cover to cover, twice. So many of these poems are so familiar. I've been hearing them read in both of our cities, Cecilia's and mine--Paris and L.A., for years now. And I think it's hard to write about books you feel so close to...

Not surprised and not disappointed. Touched. Cecilia's poetry speaks to me and though I often catch a Cecilia-ism in my own writing, I am forever awed and inspired by what she does. And I love how, like a memoir, this collection indicates her current projects, and spills its longing and fearlessness all over me each time I open it to no matter which page. I've dog-eared so many pages, especially through the middle, that it's hard to say which few are my favorites.

"Be Always Late," of course
"Fireflies"

I think my favorite line in the book is a quote from Kathleen McGookey, "I'd like a love letter and too much light in my eyes," but the poem it inspired is equally captivating. (Must put her on my shopping list.) All of these poems speak to me in a very personal way.

"Kind Weather"
"Au-revoir, Paris"
"Postcard to Myself from the Lower Carpathians, Spring"

Too many. Too much.

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