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The Rival

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Winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize

In The Rival, Sara Wallace takes her readers on an intimate journey through a woman’s solitary, surreal rural childhood and her brutal, sexually fraught first marriage to the conflicted redemption she finds in motherhood and a second chance at love. In this debut poetry collection, Wallace reveals how closely emotional devastation
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by University of Utah Press
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Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The book's structure reminds me a little of Sharon Olds' great book, The Dead and the Living, in the way that it's divided into sections by the progression of time and changing places. Wallace's poems also have in common with Olds' work an urgency in her voice, as though she were constantly searching for meaning in the static of the most emotional and painful of days in the narrator's experience. The stories in Wallace's poems are fragmented, which is unlike Olds, of course. Wallace's poems tend ...more
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