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Swimming the Mirror

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In this collection of poems chronicling the birth and growth of his daughter, poet Brad Buchanan offers a double portrait of father and growing child. The volume's 56 poems range from the earliest apprehensions of begetting to the mysteries of a young child's own language play. ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published 2008 by Roan Press
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Alyce Wilson
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Most poems involving children are hopelessly sentimental, but Brad Buchanan's poems depict the full range of parental experience: from hope and pride to fear and frustration. He does it all through vivid imagery, as in these lines from "The Feral Child": "The womb has produced these faint traces of wolf: / dark hair on the tailbone, and fuzz on her elfin, / elephant's ears." Through his words, he captures his daughter's first days with an intimacy not possible in photographs. ...more
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