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Winner of the 2002 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize, Complications Of The Heart is a selection of emotionally moving free-verse of experienced poet and community writers' group runner Nancy Naomi Carlson. Stream-of-consciousness style enthusiasm often marks the flowing imagery of her highly recommended work. Awaking to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons": The deer must wonder at this frosted sunrise,/salt lick iced over, each linden limb doubled/in weight, each blade of grass enclosed/in its own sheath that splinters underfoot/beneath a patchwork of Halloween leaves/gathered like souls unearthed and ambered./Her lover pulls her back under the quilt/and fingers the length of her sternum/as if burnishing a Chinese flute/recovered after nine thousand years,/made from the wing bone of an extinct bird./"Music of the spheres," he whispers and plays/the sun of middle "G," then Venus,/Mercury, the elements of fire, water, and air/sealed to the end, down to earth,/and still she burns, and she burns, and burns.
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