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What strikes a reader first encountering Don Share's work is the electric energy of his lines, their contemporary music and movement. Reading Wishbone, Share's third book, is akin to picking up the one clear station still transmitting, the frenetic static of the world replaced by a strong signal broadcast. Share's poems are contrapuntal ripostes to the Babel of the present ...more
Paperback, 85 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by David R. Godine Publisher (first published March 30th 2012)
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Jacqueline Valencia
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rarely write reviews. As a reader, I have been very fortunate to have digested some great prose this year. Unfortunately, I don't always have the time to sit down and elucidate my views and feelings on the books I have loved.

I am happy to say that I do have a bit of a moment for that today.

Don Share's Wishbone is a poetry collection infused with a magnetic flow of clear, but biting language. Impressed by the way the prose danced in my head I found myself reading most of it out loud just to ta
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David R. Godine
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
"Don Share's work is compressed as a haiku, intent as a tanka, witty as a sonnet, witless as a song, relentless as an exposé, patter without pretension . . . his elegant poetry, exposed as a haiku, expansive as a renga, boisterous as a bridge, happy as Delmore Schwartz with Lou Reed and vice versa, vivacious as the living day . . . built out of attention, music and sight."
—David Shapiro

"The poet's awareness of how daily life refuses to cohere into a consoling pattern is beautifully mirrored by
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Steven Critelli
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unmistakable is the adult sensibility with which Don Share shares his world with us. It is intelligently appreciative of the particulars of life, the beauty that still manages to break its way into our protective shells and surprise us, and yet painfully aware of how fragile that beauty is. Share walks in a world that is all too familiar to us, one that often leaves us battleworn, bloodied but unbowed.
Jennifer
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Humorous and heartbreaking, the poems in Wishbone reveal one man trying to make sense of his world. Twisting Rilke, the poet wants to know, "Who among the angels would hear me/if I started screaming my head off?" We hear, loud and clear. This collection reaches us where we live.
Proustitute
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Share's new collection shows just as much debt to tradition, formalism, the influence of philosophy on a writing life, and the chain of poetic influence as it displays an innovative and unique poetics very much in tune with contemporary life. A wonderful example of this fusion of the old and the new is "Ready for a Psalm of My Own"; here, Share uses loose iambic pentameter while describing city life and the chaos of hypermodernity: "What language do you speak / into your iPhone?" In Share's hand ...more
Mark
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Some poems I enjoyed from it included:

On Smoking Out Some Bees w/ a Flaming Torch, On Screaming Your Head Off, On Imaginary and Scarecrow Sins at Home, On Fixing Things, On Being Philosophical, Stonecrop, Another Long Poem, Die Welt is so Verkehrt, Poetry, Eclipse, Symbiosis, To the Sister I Never Had, Flip Flops and Mary Janes, Carp Ascending a Waterfall, Fantasia on Rapture, Lines Written During Harvest Time.

And the poem I'll choose to share is... "Eclipse":

Her comma-like
eye-
brows.

Simple legs
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Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent books are Wishbone (Black Sparrow), Union (Eyewear), and Bunting’s Persia (Flood Editions); he has also edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems for Faber and Faber. His translations of Miguel Hernández, awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize and Premio Valle Inclán, were published in a revised and expanded edit ...more
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