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I like how Stroud, especially in this collection, uses humor and lightness in his observations of the world around him. This book in some ways doesn't feel like one book - the sections vary tremendously in tone, character, rhythm, point of view, etc. so it feels somewhat disjointed. That said, the opening poem, which is a tribute to his father and a description of the loss he felt after his father's passing, and many poems in the first section are so powerful they carry the day and make the jour ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
The range of Stroud's poetry -- short, long, more formal, haiku-like, free-verse - differs from section to section. What is consistent is the visceral, the way the poems come to grips with grief, nature, landscape, death. My tendency is always to like short, concise poems that turn themselves around to peer at something in a unique way, so Stroud's terser efforts resonated more with me. I also like the everyday beauty he parses so well -- "To the dead, paradise is the sidewalk you stroll down/lo ...more