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Dance the Black-Eyed Girl by Sherry Chandler
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May 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: signed-copy, chapbooks

Sherry Chandler's chapbook, Dance the Black-Eyed Girl, is a collection of artifacts. In this slim volume of poems, published by Finishing Line Press, Chandler explores the stories of things. Whether she is writing about a photo album found in her mother's closet, or a Dr. Pepper Clock, Chandler finds the emotions that can be portrayed in physical items. My favorite poem, titled "Ghost," at first, doesn't seem to follow this pattern, until one reads through the many lines depicting the haunting feelings of grief through little pieces of the world left after one is gone:

Her husband died. Cancer. Six months to live,
he put a new roof on the house,
turned the soil, and put the early garden in.
Late this spring. She has more than she needs
of April spinach, radishes. His cat
a gutter stray, sleeps on his pillow where
it never slept before.

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message 1: by Sherry (new)

Sherry Chandler Thank you for this nice review. I'm glad you singled out that Dr. Pepper Clock -- I don't know if anybody knows what one of those things is anymore.

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