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“Woodward seeks news rather desperately from outer space—and finds it in that huge vacancy, the human heart.”—Jorie Graham
 
Short, energetic, interlinked poems describe the daily and sometimes surprisingly routine nature of grief. Relying on youthful sincerity rather than nostalgic rumination, this 2005 Verse Prize winner is a sweet, sharp, and honest elegy.
Paperback, 88 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Wave Books (first published 2006)
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Craig
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let me say something going in to this review that affected my enjoyment/score quite a bit: I loathe reading any writing without punctuation. That's on me, that's a personal hang-up... But it is a big pet peeve for me. So bear in mind that if that is not a stumbling block for you, your enjoyment of this collection will most likely be much higher than mine.

Do you ever finish a book and then come on to Goodreads to leave a review and see what others have written about the same book and feel (for la
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Joe
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
A book of poems in a virtually uniform form--3 stanzas of five lines each, no punctuation, severe enjambment resulting in syntactical fuzzyness.

For reasons I can't/won't fully express here, this book appealed to me. Perhaps I'm a sucker for beautiful changes, a dexterity in shifting tonal registers and image sets--one thing suddenly becoming another. And while there is an element of arbitrariness in some of the objects chosen for change, it the consistency/insistency of this movement that make
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"this weather's the actual God / or at least it's that / honest moment before the concert / when the orchestra tunes itself / although much longer in duration"

an excerpt from, "Rain"
Rita
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Five word line form consistent through book- occasionally works wonders and feels natural, frequently feels tortured. Grief and death are major themes.
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