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Bullets in the Jewelry Box

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In her first full-length volume of poetry, Amy Riddell has given us a true crime story, that of her Bluebeard-like father who went to prison for trying to murder his wife. From her attempts to understand her father's odd brutalities (and love) to her own hard-won transcendence later in life, these poems offer tacit touchstones to healing what is wounded in all of us.
Paperback, 86 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Futurecycle Press
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Donald Armfield
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Amy writes about her life growing up, her abusive father and her life as a grown up. Some times you can feel the hate in her words towards her father. Some of her poetry is adapted from her father's notes from prison, pleading for forgiveness and others start with a newspaper article.

Overall this is poetry at the top of my list. Here is a list of my favorites and a poem from book.

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What is this purple appetizer serving its color from a green throat fed by rain? Small spoon for the eye, meal
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Diane Kistner
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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BLADE AT MY SISTER'S THROAT

“When the pin is pulled,
Mr. Grenade is not our friend.”
—U.S. Marine Corps Training Manual

Who pulled our father’s pin that day,
she didn’t know.
Eighteen and moving out,
she had borrowed his truck—
was bringing it back. She walked
into his living room, didn’t notice
him waiting by the TV,
hand behind his back.
But when she put the truck key
on the table, he was suddenly
there holding something sharp
against her throat. “Where have you been?”
His voice low, lips tigh
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FutureCycle Press
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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