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A Wife Is a Hope Chest: Poems

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Brandel’s formally structured lyrics, as carefully arranged as a chest packed with tissue paper and clove oranges, lure and invite the reader with beauty and craft, then hiss and coil and buzz with needled wit and blade flashes of human insight. These are poems Emily Dickinson would have delighted in and sent daringly to friends. This is a collection where six lines and tw ...more
Kindle Edition, 72 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Brain Mill Press
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Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't know what to expect of this collection, but it surprised and impressed me. These strange, imagined scenes, like fairytales, are compelling. "The Blackmailer's Lesson" is by far the best poem here; I've already read it countless times and love how it progresses around and within itself, far from simple. Others I enjoyed include "A Wife Is a Hope Chest," "Biting the Rind," "The Worst Thing in the World That Could Have Happened," and "Fingers and Bones." I do think the collection could do ...more
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Looking for a book of poetry that will sneak in and punch you in the gut? This is the book for you. It opens with the title poem, A Wife is a Hope Chest, and we're given the first look into what may be an imperfect relationship: "A wife is a hope chest in which you keep / the thing you will need for a good life. / ... 2. A snapshot of the woman / you wish you had married. Push it through her / eyes, put it in her head." From there the poems give us a little bit more, but keep us going till the v ...more
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Christine Brandel is a writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in such journals as Callisto, Public Pool, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Conium Review, and Gravel. She also writes a column on comedy for PopMatters and rights the world’s wrongs via her character Agatha Whitt-Wellington (Miss) at Everyone Needs An Algonquin. She currently teaches at a community college and serves as a hospice vol ...more

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