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The Whole & Rain-domed Universe by Colette Bryce
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(3.5) Many of these poems are about the author’s Irish family inheritance, both literal and figurative, as in “Heritance”:

From her? Resilience. Generosity.
A teacher’s gravitas.
Irish stew. A sense
of the ridiculous. High ceilings.

I loved the first line of “Signature” – “When I finally gave up and became my mother” – as well as the first stanza of “Derry”:

I was born between the Creggan and the Bogside
to the sounds of crowds and smashing glass,
by the river Foyle with its suicides and rip tides.
I thought that city was nothing less

than the whole and rain-domed universe.

It’s particularly nice how enjambment often makes the thought go just that one line beyond what you expect. I’d read more from Bryce.
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