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The Economist's Daughter
From the first page to the last, one is reminded of the contract life makes between the material body of the world and the soul. There are challenges. In "Lo and Behold," the poet admits, "There is not enough bandwidth in the world/to record such busy loveliness/....It hurts the heart, really, this explosion of song,/ this flip book of life." And yet, despite yearning and ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published by Excited Utterance Imprints
(first published February 2nd 2011)
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Until now, I have not posted review of books of poetry because I don't believe the rating system is a fair reflection for something that is so personal and idiosyncratic as one's taste in poems. Since I read so much poetry, I have had to rethink that position. Starzting today, I will only review poetry that I can rate with five stars. In The Economist's Daughter, Elizabeth Cohen offers poems of breathtaking clarity and craft. Her use of language is exceptionally well-honed as she connects the pe ...more
Elizabeth Cohen is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she serves as the fiction editor for the Saranac Review. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road (Random House, 2003), was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in SELF, MORE, Newsweek, People, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review, among other publicat ...more