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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Nightingale is a book about change. This collection radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, Rekdal’s characters changed not by divine intervention but by both ordinary and extraordinary human events. In Nightingale, a mother undergoes cancer treatments at the same time her daughter transitions into a son; a woman co ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 12th 2019 by Copper Canyon Press
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Ron
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Paisley Rekdal’s poems are as devastating as a golden arrow, as overwhelming as the stormy sea, as dark and luscious as a cake made of ginger and molasses. These are poems that will catch in your rib cage and suckle your marrow.

These are transforming poems—poems about transformation, and poems that will transform in turn. These are haunting poems that dwell in the loss of language after trauma and echo in shadows like a ghost story. These are brilliant poems, with allusions to myth and science
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Shawn Aebi
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poems with a purpose, reflecting on life's perturbations. Some weighty subjects here including an 8-10 page treatise on the treatment of rape as seen in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Contemporary but with enough classical spicing to structure the thinking - best exhibited by the references to the nightingale - "a poet is a nightingale who sits in the darkness". These are well thought out pieces which need focused attention.
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Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
stunning work, especially parts ii and iii, especially when read together. (4.5)
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An accomplished and impressive poet.
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Rekdal grew up in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father. She earned a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of the poetry collections A Crash of Rhinos (2000), Six Girls Without Pants (2002), and The Invention of ...more
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