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Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton is a meditation on the difficulties of distinguishing the real from the false, the copy from the original. It is in part an exploration of the disparity between our conception of love as either true or false and the messy reality that it can sometimes be both. If “true” love is not to be found, is an approximation a “fair” substitute? These po ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 22nd 2012 by Ohio State University Press
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Jen Campbell
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The perfect balance of old and new. On her 29th birthday, Rebecca Hazelton decided to take the 1st line of every 29th Emily Dickinson poem, and use it as an acrostic to write her own poems. She said that this helped her engage with Dickinson's poems better; the themes unravelling in her own work. This book is just beautiful. It made me want to read it inside a cave, or under the sea; it has such magical qualities: 'The wind was a man who carried me / high over the world in his elbow crook / Eggs ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jamie by: Jen Campbell
4.5 stars.
I'm going to be super honest and tell you that I have no idea how to review a poetry collection.
What I know is this:
1. 'Fair Copy' inspires me in my own writing.
2. It made me seriously reconsider my own relationship to Emily Dickinson's poetry. (Relationship status: Currently Obsessed.)
This is a collection I'll be coming back to many times in the future!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I liked the concept, acrostic poems formed by the first lines of Emily Dickinson poems, better than the poems themselves, which at times felt too artsy for their own good, sometimes forced into the mild in which they were placed.
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I'm impressed by a good portion of this.
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Rebecca Hazelton is the author of Fair Copy (Ohio State University Press, 2012), winner of the 2011 Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry, and Vow, from Cleveland State University Press. She was the 2010-11 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Creative Writing Institute and winner of the “Discovery” / Boston Review 2012 Poetry Contest. Her ...more
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