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Asperity Street

4.80  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Poetry. ASPERITY STREET, Gail White's most balanced poetry collection, explores the breadth of human existence with cutting wit, irreverence, keen intelligence, and an uncommon mix of empathy and asperity. Besides the cynical or the lighthearted, which are hallmarks of White's work, there is a newfound earnestness and gravity in these poems in their survey and interrogatio ...more
Paperback, 98 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Able Muse Press
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Kevin Summers
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My favorite poems in this book include "Work," "Prayer for Good Fortune," "Death of My Old Maid Aunt," and "Hospice Day."
Robin Helweg-Larsen
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The first three sections of Gail White's collection of her formalist poetry, "Aperity Street", are polished, witty, enjoyable pieces. "Growing", "Working" and "Holding" take you through from views of childhood (inside and out) through to late middle age. Almost all of them are technically perfect - meaning, among other things, that they read smoothly without bumps or problems, and any of them would be comparatively easy to learn by heart.

My only problem with them relates to the occasional expre
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Molly
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In her remarkable collection, Asperity Street, Gail White takes on the whole sweep of existence. The street becomes the road of a lifetime, beginning with a Southern childhood and ending with a hospice finale. Laconic, ironic and comic, White’s drily resourceful, wickedly companionable voice takes aim on patrimony, matrimony, religion, money and the myth that assumes we choose our lives. With her sublime linguistic choreography, these poems dance to complex metrical tunes. We feel and hear them ...more
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Gail is widely published in the world of formal poetry. Her home is in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana where she lives on the Bayou Teche with her husband and cats.

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