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All the children in churches in itchy indigo dresses, all the tentative lovers waiting for the light to change on corners in the cyan morning, all the old men playing chess on pitted slate benches
are flying into the foreshortening light of evening like the great blue heron sliding through the fading sky with its neck tucked up under it like a wish.
ebook, 22 pages
Published December 2011 by Upper Rubber Boot Books
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Susan Frances
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Blueshifting by Heather Kamins

Heather Kamins reminds readers that this is the age of the modern poet, no longer prolific in flowery musings like those found in Robert Frost’s poetry or the humorous rhymes and catchy hooks that made Benny Hill’s limericks incite a chuckle from his audiences. Rather Kamins approaches poetry from an intellectual’s perspective bringing to the forefront abstract thoughts and metaphorical images shrouded in symbolism. Her latest chapbook Blueshifting from Upper Rubber
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Renae
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book "Blueshifting" by Heather Kamins is a collection of poetry, composed of eighteen poems in a small volume. The poems generally lean heavily upon the use of color, as the title suggests, to create the imagery described in each poem. The primary poem, which shares the book's name, makes particularly extensive use of hues, perhaps reminding the reader of the early modernist Imagists who pioneered the incorporation of distinct color as a means of constructing their poetics.

Some of the picto
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Mark
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mark by: LibraryThing Early Reviewer
Shelves: poems-poetry
Disclaimer: I got this book through the LibraryThing Early Reader program.

This is a short ebook (16 poems) which I read in the Kindle version on my iPad ($4.99 at amazon). It is available in other formats, also. I read it a second time before writing this.

I really like the cover image; it is quite beautiful and a good choice for this work.

I'm not yet sure how I feel about the poems as a whole; I did like a couple of them in their entirety, especially "You Are What You Eat," with an epigraph by C
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Monique
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Heather Kamins' Blueshifting has some interesting thoughts on space and time, but you may find them a bit hit and miss when it comes to an actual connection between poet and reader. When Kamins manages to connect the dots between the scientific and the personal, it's wonderful. But just as often, that connection is missed leading to clumsy phrasing and a mish-mash of technical jargon thrown at the page in hopes of sticking.
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Rhonda
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blueshifting by Heather Kamins
4STARSI am not good with poetry. So I am not judging the poetry style.
Most of the poems painted a picture for me that I could understand and feel. But some I am not sure I understand what the message is.
I listened on my Kindle at first time but the poems all ran together so I went back and read them. A couple of big words I had to look up for meaning like noctilucent.
I was given this ebook to read and in exchange for reviews from Netgalley
Aven
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Aven by: LibraryThing
This collection of poetries I would describe as surreal, mysterious, and engaging. My favorite pieces are "the supernatural subjunctive", "you are what you eat", "making time", "prevailing winds", and "de omnibus dubitandum". On some of the pieces, i keep thinking that its just a jumble of visual words that doesnt go together, but maybe thats just me not knowing how to read poetry well. Either way, all the poetries are very imaginative and surreal and thats very interesting. ...more
Marnie
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I must say I haven't read poetry since I was at high school, so this book was an eye opener. The book was beautifully written and filled with imagery, but I didn't understand much of what the poems were trying to tell me. I liked Insomnia and Devolution, the way they flowed. However most of the rest of the poems seemed a bit random in their patterns to me. A nice change of pace from what I usually read though. ...more
Tiffany Hickox
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it
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This small collection of poetry exceded my expectations, especially for a debut collection. Heather Kamins shows excellent command of language and imagery, and I have bookmarked many of the poems for additional readings.
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Heather Kamins grew up in New York and Massachusetts, and has an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her debut novel, The Moth Girl, is forthcoming from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, and her poetry chapbook, Blueshifting, was published by Upper Rubber Boot Books (2011). She is the recipient of ...more

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