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Ohio Blue Tips

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Jeanne E. Clark heeds Dickinson's advice to tell all the truth and tell it slant. Rather than settling for the preening gush or anecdotal flatness of much contemporary poetry, her work travels down roads named Bluelick and Slabtown to retrieve a rich sense of place and a sinewy American language. Like the best blues songs, these poems create an oblique music of leaps and g ...more
Paperback, 77 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by University Of Akron Press
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Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a free gift at AWP and oh so worth it. Clark has a special gift for poetry. She arranges words and images in ways I haven't seen done before, and her methods work. Like poets Shaindel Beers and Rusty Barnes, she captures rural places and characters with amazing ease. This book weaves around two main characters, but doesn't limit itself. Here's a quote:

I'm thinking of how
The smell of fields
Enters a house.
Touched by lightning,
It is opened,
Hot zipper,
Blackened pants whistling.

It's a world
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