Karen's Reviews > Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and Their Daughters

Borrowed Names by Jeannine Atkins
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Atkins takes three well known women (Wilder, Walker and Curie) and lets us see them through their daughters' eyes as she limns the lives of both generations in free verse poems that always circle around legacies and differences. She's done a great job precisely because she's limited her viewpoint - this way one sees these women as if through a precise angle, a fragment of a prism, which casts aspects of their lives into relief. The reader is prompted to want to learn more without feeling that they didn't find out enough. Quite a feat.
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