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Published January 4th 2021
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Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I received this book for free from the author as part of an Instagram review tour with TLC Book Tours.

I find that poetry is always the toughest genre to review. It is so personal and subjective that it is hard to critique it in the same way as prose. Because of this, poetry can be a hit or a miss and that is how I felt about this book. It is hard to put into words exactly what I thought about this book.

This was a very interesting collection of poetry that didn’t quite resonate with me. There w
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
As I’ve said before in poetry reviews, I’m not a reviewer of style choices or syntax or anything technical. Instead, I can tell you what I love, what touches me and moves me, what thing made of so few words sticks in my brain.

I loved how Sandler’s collection was all over the place. I loved the history and culture but I loved most of all how visceral the experience of reading his poetry was. Although several poems spoke to me, Cenobite was by far my favorite. I reread it many times, nodding and r
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Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


Carpathian Ruthenia

A cheder-boy with a wiseacre grin,
innocent of his destination,
eyes too ebullient
for the dark of a cramped room
and his little cap at a jaunty tilt—
we want to shout warnings, but
his finger remains on a commandment,
the silvering having fixed him in a graphic bloom
of pleasure from his flawless recitation.

My father also had answers,
how to shut up Yid-haters, how my evasi
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This one is a hard one to rate. It’s a bit inaccessible for my taste, in terms of the diction. However, the cadence of the poems is lovely, and there are some highlightable lines, particularly when the narrator ruminants on his place in relation to his family tree, and that tree’s place in history. Representation to note: there see to be many references to Judaism and the Jewish culture.
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Michael Sandler is the author of The Lamps of History, a poetry collection that explores connections between personal and historical experience while wrestling with the ambiguities (and choices) between connection/estrangement and faith/doubt. For much of his adulthood, Michael wrote poems for the desk drawer, while working as a lawyer and later as an arbitrator. He began to publish in 2009. Since ...more

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