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Self-Portrait with Crayon by Allison Benis White
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This is a collection of poems that through meditations on Degas, deals with the author's trauma of her mother who abandons her and her father. Because the poems take Degas' artwork as a lens, her images reverberate and pile on rather than move in a linear narrative fashion. A strand of thought is quickly, and necessarily returned to the artwork and meditation at hand in incessant pursuit for understanding and healing. Foregoing line breaks, this collection of prose poem composed of fragments and short full-stopped sentences, insist on a pace and a kind of reflection that is required of one attempting to make sense of any trauma. Amazing book.

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July 30, 2009 – Shelved
July 30, 2009 – Finished Reading
December 21, 2009 – Shelved as: poetry

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