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Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems Paperback – October 3, 2011
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Open the book slowly and give up all intentions of speed-reading. This is a book to be leisurely enjoyed, take time to let each page seep into your thoughts, retrace your steps to go back and re-read a poem you particularly liked the first time. Many of the sensory images will seem to echo your own experiences, exquisitely expressed in words by skilled poets.
The reminiscent "shadows on the prairie" manifest themselves in memories long but forgotten of "Cowboys [gasping] in dust behind cattle," and the "brilliant orange sun resting at the end of the prairie," and even making the humble drive to the "Olpe Chicken House." The poetry takes on forms and styles of all sorts from confessional plights about driving cattle as in H.C. Palmer's "After Driving Cattle in the Flint Hills," to narratives about the thrilling joy and suspense of one's first "encounter" in a field as in Kevin Rabas' "Kissing Bea on the Prairie." Kansas even seems to hilariously poke fun at itself and its mistaken identity and annoyingly famous portrayal by L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz in Gary Lechliter's "Oz Revisited." Kansas' Poet Laureate herself even makes a splendid appearance in the collection as well the grand culmination and climax by Kansas' coveted poetry juggernaut, William Stafford.Read more ›