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“The poems in Christine Gosnay’s first book, Even Years, speak with a voice that animates and astonishes us as they delineate and explore, trace and explode, the ‘order of shapes in the light’―the order of words, of moments in a life, of shifts in perspective between the ‘cleave and / Cleave’ of language. In these piercing and evocative poems, we see, as in the poems of St ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published August 31st 2017 by Kent State University Press
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Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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This is a very good collection of poems. It’s not necessarily a “themed” collection, and it covers many subjects and emotions, but the poems fit together very well. There’s a very clear journey that the reader takes, on several levels, and with a few exciting surprises along the way. The poet is deft with her phrasing, and I enjoyed the read very much.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you seek poetry that takes pleasure in the world, here it is in bounty: 'the mind likes to see the broadening of what was slim.' Christine Gosnay spots the small-faced daisy among the grass, the dream before it vanishes. Her poems glow against the dark, bright stars constellating a heaven of her own making. Do sink into these pages and be charmed.
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In any first book, the bother is not the number of poems (here there are 56). Parceled over four sections, Gosnay's poems in the first and last sections are deeply involved in the erotic, putting a reader in mind of a sufficient number. Indeed, this note Gosnay's sufficient reader, Angie Estes (who picked it out from a pile), hits in her introduction:

Surrounded by lakes
which are flat things

I tread the pull chain on the table lamp
through my toes and back again.

We must admit nothing we can add i
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