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Hardcover, 49 pages
Published February 22nd 1979 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1979)
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Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If loving the poetry of Ai is wrong, I don't want to be right.
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Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Fierce, dark, imaginative, frightening, kinetic poems. The poet is not afraid of intensity. I read this in an edition that included Ai's book, "Cruelty."
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Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dark, intense, and memorable.

Once, in a poetry class I was teaching, I asked my students to pick a poet/poem from our textbook to write a close reading on, and to briefly explain why they picked what they picked. I had one student choose a poem by Ai and explain that it was because "I really love love poems." I always found that interesting (and testament to how poorly I taught that particular class), and it's always what I think of when I first see Ai's name-- and wonder if that student ever k
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Valerie
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ai makes me feel like I am losing my mind whenever I read her. Her persona poems are absolutely the best. They are so realistic and varied, it feels like past lives may be a real thing.

I read her other book Cruelty, and I liked it slightly better but everything I've read by her has been fantastic.

Most of the poems take place in the past, and in a lot of different locations. There is a lot of violence in them. The violence is very realistic. I had to put the book down a couple times. These poems
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Madeline
I like the ideas behind this collection more than I liked the poems themselves.
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811.54 A288k 1979
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Ai Ogawa (born Florence Anthony) was an American poet who who described herself as 1/2 Japanese, 1/8 Choctaw-Chickasaw, 1/4 Black, 1/16 Irish and as well as Southern Cheyenne and Comanche. She is known for her mastery of the dramatic monologue as a poetic form, as well as for taking on dark, controversial topics in her work. While her poems often contain sex, violence, and other subjects for which ...more
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