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4.70  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Paperback, 99 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by Wordtech Communications (first published February 1st 2012)
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John Thieme
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I came upon a review of this collection that described Higgins' poems as "gorgeously kilned" and wholeheartedly agree--these are beautifully and cleverly crafted, profoundly insightful, and rich in imagery. Higgins explores some of the deepest epistemological questions about the nature and essence of art, of beauty, of Christian faith, and love at the edge of heartbreak--in her words:

...shaken with the kind of weeping
that is as red as the inside of a broken body,
gold as threads of life unraveled
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This remains, on rereading, one of my favourite books of contemporary poetry. It is lamentably short, but there is a strong sophistication to the imagery--elevated, yet rooted very much in embodied life.
John Caperella
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining and insightful book of poems. Will read it again and again. Favorites include “Psyche's Sunlight” (great use of Cupid's garden as entering in relationship/falling in love), “Electrical Work” (a fun little poem that address a fact that all must face: the hard sciences can say what is, but not why; they cannot tell us the meaning of it), “Crough Patrick” (an epic quest story/poem that makes my Irish-American heart bleed), “Mordred Makes Confession” (very sinister and true to the ...more
Richard Berrigan
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Higgins produces a scholar's delight in "Caduceus". Using art to contemplate and explore art, as well as larger questions of Christianity, Higgins dons several disguises as a way of revealing the multifaceted elements of the Christian artist, and she structures her book in such a way as to replicate these facets (the skeptic, the lover, the believer, the Roman, etc.) As she notes in "Carmen Rehearses Her Monologue"

Don't mistake the dancer for the dance:
do not confuse the singer with the song

J.Aleksandr Wootton
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
These poems alternate between contemplations of human arts, by means of which the poet seeks an understanding of the possible Art which is Reality/Existence and its sublimate Artist, and more direct writings on Christianity (these latter kind very nearly dropped my rating to three stars).

By turns brilliant and over-ambitious, Caduceus is a fine collection and I look forward to Higgins' next.

Here, here: put on my sweater, lest I freeze.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This collection of poems offers a gorgeous, condensed version of the best conversations with Sorina Higgins: The intensity and depth of her questions, her powerful love of language, and her flexibility as she considers a question from wide-ranging vantage points. This is a collection to return to with joy again and again.
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Sørina Higgins a Ph.D. candidate, Teacher of Record, and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University, as well as a faculty member at Signum University. Her interests include British Modernism, the works of the Inklings, Arthuriana, and magic. Sørina earned her M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, where she wrote about Sehnsucht in the works of C. S. Lewis.

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