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Picture Bride

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The winning volume in the 1982 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Cathy Song’s Picture Bride, a book about people and their innumerable journeys. Distinguished poet Richard Hugo says, “Cathy Song’s poems are flowers: colorful, sensual, and quiet, and they are offered almost shyly as bouquets to those moments in life that seemed minor but in retrospect count the most. Sh ...more
Paperback, 89 pages
Published September 10th 1983 by Yale University Press (first published May 1st 1983)
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Jenna
Jul 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think I'm too full of resentment and impatience to ever write a book like this. These poems are delicate, intricate, and individualized as thumbprints on a glass. Childhood recollections and family photo-album memories are their main themes. As I read, I frequently found myself wishing that Song's voice was more openly rebellious; almost all the short lyrics in "Picture Bride" struck me as frustratingly placid and passive. Except for the last section of one long poem about Georgia O'Keeffe, th ...more
Laura
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I liked the Georgia O'Keefe poems in this collection.

Some excerpts I liked from other pieces:

The light is the inside
sheen of an oyster shell,
sponged with talc and vapor,
moisture from a bath . . .

. . . the nape of her neck
and the curve of a shoulder
like the slope of a hill
set deep in snow in a country
of huge white solemn birds.
Her face appears in the mirror,
a reflection in a winter pond,
rising to meet itself . . .


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Valerie
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The poems in this book are so elegant and gorgeous. The poems seem light and delicate like they are floating. This is the first book by Cathy Song that I've read, so I don't know if she writes like this all the time, but

The book is broken into sections and I like section III Orchids the best. That section is about women as subjects for art.

There are also some great poems in the book about Georgia O'Keefe, who I didn't know a lot about. Song gave me enough information to enjoy those
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Ashley
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mylibrary
i am not a poetry person. free verse usually turns me off. but i absolutely loved this volume of poetry. song writes best when she writes about those close to her, her brother, her father, her mother. reading these poems was sometimes heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking, but always a memorable experience.
Natalee
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Someone very quiet once lived here."

Very beautiful, simple poetic style. Cathy Song's poetry is captivating and so multi-faceted with hidden depths that every new glance could reap something new.
Nranger7
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I just don't like poetry - don't take my rating too seriously. :)
Richard Holleman
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I loved the quiet voice and warmth in these poems. Very powerful!
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