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"Rebecca Foust has created a Pilgrim who leads us from the hardscrabble existence and despair of Altoona, Pennsylvania where she was raised, to the ultra-wealth and despair of Marin County, California, where she lived in the first decade of this century. The poems of Paradise Drive are powerful and figurative, with a very strong voice. The poet is highly skilled in the use ...more
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Published April 24th 2015 by Press53
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Raffy Perez As a reader, poet, writer, and journalist, I believe that Fiction and Poetry CAN interweave into one cloud of literature. However, it's not an easy fe…moreAs a reader, poet, writer, and journalist, I believe that Fiction and Poetry CAN interweave into one cloud of literature. However, it's not an easy feat. Sometimes the mystery of poetry, which is the different takes on it by its readers, loses its essence as the fictional aspect seeps in. Well, that's only me, I guess. :)(less)
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Michelle Stockard Miller (True Book Addict)
I have to admit to going through something of a midlife crisis at this point in my life. I'm not acting out or experiencing it in the traditional, obvious ways (like an affair...not possible since I'm no longer married), but in subtle ways like job disillusionment. Really just disillusionment in general, I guess. So, Pilgrim's journey/experiences in these brilliantly written sonnets really hit home for me.

The written word has always had a deeper meaning for me than just entertainment, and never
Emma Ramos
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

If you look Rebecca Foust's new poetry collection, Paradise Drive, Press 53, 2015, up on Amazon, you will notice that it is "frequently bought together" with Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Intrigued? You should be.

Paradise Drive is a small collection of narrative sonnets. We meet Pilgrim, Foust's protagonist, who is "A buzz-kill: dour, dry, dull". Pilgrim has left her home in Altoona, a railroad town in Pennsylvania, and moved to the ritzy Marin County, California. Pilgrim is the
Paradise Drive by Rebecca Foust

I have a deep seated love for Sonnets. I have written a lot. Reading Rebecca Foust was a pleasure. Her sonnets deal with the 21st Century issues. Very contemporary and hits the gut. The Pilgrim's journey has just begun. The quest, the questions, the path and how to define oneself in this modern era....

Contemplating the sonnets, one can hear the music, understand the irony, the humour, the perception.

She covers terrorism, autism, divorce, birth, war, drugs.....I never could think of Sonnets i
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book of sonnets is a short read, but it is packed to the brim with thought provoking poems that will stop you from going to the next one until you think about what you just read. In fact, I had to re-read many of them before I “got” all that I think the author intended me to get.

The book is full of wit, truth, heartbreak and more. My favorite was:

Sloth, Just Wanting To Go For A Sail
“You could say I sonneteer like some sail:
on weekends, in fair weather, ever inside the curve of a warm, shall
Chris Roberts
Jan 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
The Pilgrim as Scarecrow Or Weep for Me in the Days and Days

The world is alive-
The Scarecrow, a dormant sojourner…
Her first breath.

What dark is this?
In and all this very darkness,
That propels the Scarecrow,
Set upon her axis…
Her nightly whirl?

Pennsylvania wind sing…
Pennsylvania wind song…

What of the hundreds?
The tiny feet scuttling-
A horde of field mice,
Climbing up the pole,
To work into the stuffing,
Of the Scarecrow.

They make of themselves,
An insidious gray crowd..
How they gnaw,
And thrash
Raffy Perez
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, feels
This is my first time reviewing a book completely in poetry! And I must say, reading Paradise Drive was one helluva journey. I could feel every word in Foust's writing, and the climax was met gracefully by the conclusion. Gah! Read this guys!

View my complete review HERE!
Eva Lucia
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog

It is so interesting to see how the poetry scene grows bigger in modern literature. North American and Canadian poetry are indeed stealing a lot of the focus, which is good, because what this new kind of literature has to offer is fascinating, inspirational and with a new and different edge.
As seen in poetry by Anne Carson and Meira Cook, Rebecca Foust also shows the new vision in poetry, where genres can mix. Poetry does not necessary only have to be poetry, but ca
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
`There's one Deadly Sin not at the party tonight, and we're her heirs.'

What makes Rebecca Foust so worthy of our attention? She is a poet, but not as the dictionary defines the word as `One who is especially gifted in the perception and expression of the beautiful or lyrical'. She is an observer, a seer, a bard, a guardian of history - she is all these things and yet she likely would not turn her head in response to any of these titles. Rebecca Foust records those moments in her life, in each of
Aaron McNally
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In Paradise Drive, Rebecca Foust's Berrymanic “Pilgrim”

wakes one morning wanting – nothing –
in the way of things. Wanting some not-thing
not quite not-seen.

From this Keatsian vantage, the character gazes directly toward herself and all of the life, history, economics, culture, sexuality, and material reality which compose and surround it.

The result is a brief novel-in-song which summons the likes of Blake, Bradstreet, Donne, Whitman, Auden and more. But her acute literary erudition is only
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In Rebecca Foust’s splendid book-length sonnet sequence, Paradise Drive, we come upon a Pilgrim contemplating the deadly sins while hiding out in the bathrooms at some of Marin County, California’s swankiest parties. As the Pilgrim swaggers into an idiosyncratic, believable, frail spirituality, her unmediated, un-medicated new life emerges. The sonnets of this new life are jagged, fresh, and formed in only the way a stunningly skilled poet can craft them. Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility st ...more
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, press-53
Winner of the Press 53 Award for Poetry, this is a marvelous collection of modern sonnets.

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Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love it. My dear friend.
Bob Wake
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Foust’s Paradise Drive achieves considerable force by using the precision of a classical poetic form—the sonnet—to portray something that is, by contrast, messy and contemporary: Our post-9/11 American landscape of rapacious materialism and spiritual hunger. Foust’s sonnets give us a California antiheroine named Pilgrim (“Waist-deep in bright ruin, she labors to sing, / wondering if wanting is, after all, all / there is”). When attending posh Marin County cocktail parties, Pilgrim prefer ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am not a massive fan of the sonnet form, personally, so I am extremely unqualified to review this book. Please keep that in mind with my lower score.
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Rebecca Fousts book Dark Card, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook and was released by Texas Review Press in June 2008, and a full length manuscript was a finalist in Poetrys 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Her recent poetry won two 2007 Pushcart nominations and appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others ...more

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