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Bird Eating Bird by Kristin Naca
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Dec 07, 2009

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bookshelves: library-books, poetry
Recommended to Heather by: Megan
Read in December, 2009

I like poems that are buildings of images; I like poems that are stories. Kristin Naca writes both those kinds of poems, and also writes lyrical poems, romantic poems, poems that play with language(s) and words. Sometimes the poems in this collection were too lyrical for me, or too language-focused, but others are just lovely, like "Speaking English Is Like" (read it here - scroll down a bit to find the link to it). =

Other poems I liked a whole lot: "Uses for Spanish in Pittsburgh," with its images of rooftops and steeples and shoestores and its story of family, "Ode to Glass," about a Pepsi bottle and memory, "Grocery Shopping with My Girlfriend Who Is Not Asian," and "Las Meninas/The Maids of Honor," which is probably my favorite poem in this volume because it's so satisfyingly smart and conversational and visual and, well, also probably because it's about a painting. Also: parts of "House," a seven-section prose poem.

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