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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Turning Point / Wordtech Communications (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971737169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971737167
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By linda m spencer on December 14, 2011
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How to write about this poet? How to convey the magic of what it is she does with words alone? For truly the poetry of Jendi Reiter is in a special category. It is bright and luminous and funny and heartbreaking. It causes you to think and feel and remember. It gives you pleasure. Read this collection. Over and again. I find something new and wonderful every time.
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By Elaine Zimmerman on December 4, 2010
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Jendi Reiter is uncanny in her use of metaphor. She takes symbols, turns them upside down and then stretches them around the corner. The mother in "Hansel and Gretel" turns the sad story of two abandoned children into an incisive piece on poverty and choice. Her use of landscape hems in a controlling lover in "Ivy." "Poisoned Hawks" takes us through farming, the science and ecology of slaughter, to a hawk unexpectedly shrieking through the page over loss. Reiter carries sadness, but her artistry and wry irony takes the reader elsewhere. This is a book worth reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bayou ben on April 14, 2009
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In reading the poems, the feelings of sadness and loss expressed in the poems came through to me in a very emotional way. I felt the author gave me a glimpse into her life and that glimpse was a very brave statement.Some of the poems I liked best (and there were others) are AT BREAKFAST, NATURAL MISTAKES, HANSEL AND GRETEL: THE MOTHER SPEAKS PASSAGE, I AM MAILING YOU ANOTHER COUNTRY, A TALENT FOR SADNESS and A FEW MOMENTS. Reading the poems was a real emotional adventure. This is an outstanding collection of poems.
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