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The Heart Is Improvisational: An Anthology in Poetic Form

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Poets attribute an array of roles and capacities to the involuntary muscle. The heart becomes a repository of erotic and familial love, and a sanctuary for memory. The poets explore the flux of the heart’s responses and instigations: the heart’s tender overtures, its joyous pulse, its mating call for the other, its changeable temperament, its final tick in freeze-frame. Am ...more
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Published September 1st 2017 by Guernica Editions
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Heart is Improvisational is an anthology of poems that tackles anything about one of the vital human organs: the heart. Carol Lipszyc compiled poems from 53 renowned and influential poets such as Charles Bukowski, Eugenio de Andrade, Donald Justice, Erno Szep, and Rita Dove.
The Heart Is Improvisational: Ant Anthology in Poetic Form
There are several poems in this poetry book that are more clinical in aspect, thus some medical terms are hard to understand, especially those who are not in the healthcare field. Although there are verses that cannot eas
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"The hear has its own reasons which reasons knows not".

This poetry book titled as 'The Heart is Improvisational' was incredibly beautiful which was consisting soulful poems.
Especially, In some poems Heart's definition and functionality was so excellently described correlating with unique metaphors.
I felt grateful all the time while reading it thoroughly.
Splendid work.....

' Some think they are hands of gods,
I know they are the hands o
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To call these poems of the heart sounds a little greeting card-inspired, and that's not what you will find in this collection. Editor Carol Lipszyc articulates a clear vision for the arrangement of the titles from the very beginning, and the works line up one by one to examine the mechanics and emotional processes of the human condition. Her poems "Buoy" and "Slumbering Woman" appear later in the book.

This is a who's who of fine poets who are now at work in literary magazines around the world. N
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Heart is Improvisational: An Anthology in Poetic Form, compiled & edited by Carol Lipszyc, is a collection of poems that digs deep into the many facets of the human heart and its emotions. Each section of poems is a visceral experience, whether the words we read are contemplating the physicality of the organ itself or the feelings that come from the connections we have to both our hearts and the hearts of others.

The poems are contemporary and free-verse, though some have experimented wi
Shirley Cuypers
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This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Guernica Editions!

The Heart is Improvisational is a poetry collection about the heart. Some poems are about the scientific side of the heart and others are less scientific and more about the heart and its capability to love. The Heart is Improvisational had a great beginning in the introduction:

"Is it any wonder we place on the heart, an organ so elemental and life
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a poetry collection featuring works from a wide variety of authors, all giving their unique perspectives on the most important part of human life—the heart. It was an extremely hit or miss collection for me, and I found it very hard to get into. In general, I tended to prefer the poems that focused on the less tangible, more emotional views of the heart, rather than the technical and clinical depictions. To me, the poems that spoke from essentially a medical perspective felt like reading ...more
Dora Okeyo
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Never has Pascal's saying "The heart has its own reasons which reasons knows not" been as vivid as it was in reading this collection of poems.
I'll have to say that the arrangement and presentation of poems was key in making me understand, love and connect with the poems. The poems begin with a more mechanical theme based on the functionality of the heart and progresses into the emotional and more psychological aspect with a bit f a connection to family and history in the middle. Eva Tihanyi's p
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I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really could not get into this collection. I have tried to read on three different occasions now, and I think it is best for me to just accept that it isn't for me.
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Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Hit and miss with this mixture of heart-themed poetry and prose, but I like discovering things I wouldn't normally read.
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Lorna Crozier was born in 1948 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. As a child growing up in a prairie community where the local heroes were hockey players and curlers, she “never once thought of being a writer.” After university, Lorna went on to teach high school English and work as a guidance counsellor. During these years, Lorna published her first poem in Grain magazine, a publication that turned ...more