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This Many Miles From Desire by Lee Herrick
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Apr 01, 2008

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bookshelves: poetry, 2008, reviews
Recommended for: APIA poets

Lee Herrick's poetry moves from interior to exterior, culturally referential to personal. There are so many things to learn about someone looking from the outside in at one's identity, what should it be?

And then there are passages like this:

One monk says he will teach me to hear
the variations of my name:
how my lover sighs it,
how a techer grinded it out like a curse

that shows you he really has the heart and inclinations of a poet of potential.

Herrick's best poems are in front. Towards the end, I'd wanted less cliche and more risk, darkness and soul diving.

The worst thing: there is not a single poem or line that references the title (which is so awesome)

The best thing: "Crossword"

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