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A chapbook of poems by Gary L. McDowell.
Paperback, 34 pages
Published October 31st 2009 by Cooper Dillon Books (first published 2009)
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Karen
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapbooks
I have looked forward to finding and reading more of Gary McDowell's poetry ever since his poem "How Mosquitoes Came to Be" was featured in the first issue of Anti-. So, when I learned that Cooper Dillon's debut publication would be McDowell's chapbook, They Speak of Fruit, my fingers stood ready over my Paypal account ready to order. And when They Speak of Fruit arrived in my mailbox this week, I was not disappointed.

In the hands of McDowell, the natural earth becomes a world of imagination and
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Michael
Nov 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
from They Speak of Fruit

Nectar

I found my history in the tiny
bones of a hummingbird, its beating heart
that could fill a thimble with its blood.
Its subtle feet and soft beak,
never again to fly sideways
or beat its wings faster
than a prayer can leave.

And for that, I offer a prayer:
hummingbird, fly into my mouth and lay
your head under my tongue.
Let me turn your death
against my teeth
and weigh it, and weigh myself.
Gerry LaFemina
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A delightful chapbook length collection of poems and prose poems, They Speak of Fruit is short enough to read more than once in one sitting, and compelling enough to warrant it.
F. Rzicznek
A great little chap. Just the right size to sit down and take in all at once, but it manages to show terrific range. McDowell, in the span of about twenty or so pages, manages to challenge my expectations of the short lyric, the long meditative poem, as well as the narrative prose poem. Read, read, read it!
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