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Wild Flight ('Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry) (Walt McDonald First-Book Series in Poetry)

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Soaring across extensive terrain, from the working world of Detroit to American suburbia and pop culture; from the European landscape of World War II to the current war in Iraq, Christine Rhein opens her personal world to the world at large. In poems that explore the historical, social, and scientific, as well as the poignant and humorous, Rhein relishes life’s juxtapositi
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Hardcover, 120 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Texas Tech University Press (first published February 22nd 2008)
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Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Christine Rhein's poetry by her father, who happens to be my neighbor. I was quite surprised to find that some of her poems were actually about him, stories he told her of his suffering and experiences as a child growing up in Germany during and after World War II. I was very much touched by these poems which feel like a daughter's tributes to her father, a kind, humble, and unassuming man whom I have come to know these past years. These "historical" poems were the first in t ...more
Celine
Jul 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I'm a friend of the author but aware that Chris' voice is unique. She's the daughter of German parents who were raised during WW2. Early in this book the poems explore her father's experiences as a child during the war and immediately afterward. It's powerful and told from a perspective that is rarely heard.

Later in the book you'll note her background as an engineer her compassion for the poor and the suffering, and for her wonder of children.

One of my favorite poems though is about Chris and h
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Molly
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Christine Rhein makes a stunning debut in Wild Flight, distinguishing herself immediately with poems of grace and intelligence. It may interest her readers that this poet is also an automotive engineer. Her eye for detail, the rhythms and timing of her lines, the sureness and finesse of her prosody all reflect her how she designs her poems as vehicles for her keen sense of paradox. Turning her eye toward science, technology, human relationships, love and war, she never merely describes a thing, ...more
Amelia
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, michigan, melcat
I had meant to just read the intro and then maybe a poem or two today, but I couldn't put this down, and finished it in one sitting. This is a solid collection of poetry, and I admire the author's wide range of abilities and interests-- from science to history to art. There is a space for all of that here. Also, as a Michigan native whose dad was born in Europe and whose grandparents lived through World War Two, I really felt the geography of the book in particular. Don't know why I hadn't heard ...more
Linda Sienkiewicz
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wild Flight is a stunning debut. Rhein doesn't shy away from difficult subject matter, moving deftly from a librarian trying to rescue books in Sarajevo, to her father at fourteen in WWII Germany, to a housecleaner in Detroit who cries for the son she left at home. She ties together war and home, love and death, math, science, beauty, heartbreak, and subtle humor in words and lines that leave you hungering for more.
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Recommended to Nancy by: Molly Peacock
My review of the book is here: http://nancychenlong.blogspot.com/201...
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