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Poems 4 A.M.

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In these poems, we come to know a different side of the acclaimed novelist Susan Minot. We find her awake in the middle of the night, contemplating love and heartbreak in all their exhilarating and anguished specifics. With astonishing openness, in language both passionate and enchanting, she offers us an intimate map of a troubled and far-flung heart: “Can you believe I t ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 7th 2003 by Knopf (first published 2002)
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Tatum Rosell
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
The hours before dawn reminds one of early morning scuffles to the kitchen, brewing a cup of coffee, and reading a morsel of random newspaper fluff to snap the average human synapse into work mode. Susan Minot contrasts this and other romantic depictions of dawn; sleepless nights are Minot’s detoured slighting of dawn description. Her collection of poetry is divided into nine sections; each is given the title of significant states, countries, and cities. This categorization of the birthing plac ...more
Pia Mogollon
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
The Miami Herald review states she has an ear for cadence and rhyme, however, while there were a few really nice poems, overall I found the cadence scattered and disjointed and her rhyme often felt juvenile. There was some vivid imagery and when I gave up reading them like a poem I found I liked the stories some told.
Here is one of my favorite poems in the volume:
Turn me around.
Face me out the window.
Make me see
the dark green night
and the black view
and the fireflies blinking like robot
Tina Edwards
Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite poetry books.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Nearly all of these poems are about love and heart break. The only themes are being with a man who is a complete jerk, and traveling to many different places. Clearly, these themes are shallow, and there was never deeper insight or emotion. I was disappointed in this collection, and found it very repetitive and tedious to read toward the end.
Dalya Bordman
Poems 4 A.M. by Susan Minot, Knopf, New York 2002
Susan Minot reinvents sex, love, and self-revelation in her collection of poems, Poems 4 A.M. Minot’s collection evokes emotion and relates to readers because of its universal subject matter: romance, growing up, and moving on. The collection is divided into nine chapters, each relating to a different place ranging from Boston to Rome. Each chapter gives insight to Minot’s life in relation to the place it represents. For example, the first chapt
Kristin Garcia
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it

I was interested in Susan Minot as an author after reading “Lust” from Lust and Other Stories. I noticed she wrote from a woman’s perspective that was focused on an exaggerated emotional response to the idea that men do not love as woman do. I saw it as a one sided viewpoint on how men and woman interact with love and relationships. Although I didn’t agree with what she was say exactly, her raw emotion drew me in and made me want more from her.

Poems 4 A.M shows her breathtaking search for self.

Rebecca Smith
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Susan Minot’s Poems 4 A.M., was a collection of poems written about her memories as a child, the places she traveled, but mostly, they were about love.
If it wasn’t about the love she had, it was about the love of which she yearned. Her poems were written in a variety of ways. There were short, choppy, one word lined poems, and lengthy, long winded lined poems. Every poem had a rhyme scheme. The array of poems kept the read fresh and captivating. I was not getting tired of reading the same verse
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this little book. Minot's use of language is playful, with rhyme sprinkled throughout, and to the point without being boring or didactic. Most of these are lost love poems, so the book on the whole is sad, but there's wry humor here, too, as well as lust and hope. This one's a keeper, I will be buying it for my collection for re-reading. Minot's poem "Family Dog", too, is one of the best poems in a dog's voice that I've ever read.
I was so disappointed. After being so enamoured of Lust and Other Stories, and enjoying Monkeys and Rapture, and impressed with her skill with language, I found these poems juvenile in comparison, almost entirely on the surface and completely lacking the subtle depths of her prose. Giving it two stars because there's a lot of foreign travel, and some perspective on her ancestors, rather than just "woe I have lost my lover."
Dei Clarice
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Except that you got me here.
Except that without you
I would have none of this shrapnel past
where each piece is a worthy shard

And for a moment I almost believed in God,
but I was alone

and that was hard.

:(((( THIS PART good lord its so sad
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Edna St. Vincent Millay
I would have given this two and a half it I had the option, because I did like several of the poems very much.
Jul 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poetry-poetics, 2007
ABAB rhyme scheme in anything from this century is usually a turn off for me, I'm afraid.

'Evening' was far more poetic.
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Susan Minot is an award-winning novelist and short story writer whose books include Monkeys, Folly, Lust & Other Stories, and Evening, which was adapted into the feature film of the same name starring Meryl Streep. Minot was born in Boston and raised in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, attended Brown University, and received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She curren ...more
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