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Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove
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Nov 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

This is quite good--thought-provoking and lovely and ever so musical. Criticisms: The central incident is a *little* lightweight to support the book, and for some reason it's portrayed in this kind of Viennese-farce-drama which I didn't really understand. And I do wish I had known ahead of time that there were explanatory notes and a chronology in the back of the book, because some of the poems were quite opaque without them. Perhaps I should have read the table of contents--but who does that? Still and all, these poems are exquisitely crafted; the portrayal of Beethoven is exactly how I want to imagine him; and the explorations of race in a time before it was quite set down what race relations in Europe would be like are very interesting. I'm glad I started reading more poetry in 2009.
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