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Complications of the Heart Paperback – June 2, 2003

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881515567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881515562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,223,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
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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