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Amy Gerstler is a writer of fiction, poetry, and journalism whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Paris Review and Best American Poetry. Her 1990 book Bitter Angel won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Previous titles from Penguin are Crown of Weeds, 1997, and Nerve Storm, 1993.
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  • Series: Poets, Penguin
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143116355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116356
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 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: #991,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Norton on February 3, 2010
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I normally don't buy poetry (or read it much), but a review quoted part of the opening poem in Amy Gerstler's collection Dearest Creature and I was hooked. Once I'd read the poems, the volume became one of my favorite Christmas gifts (seven more copies). One copy went to a friend who is a published poet and she was most approving (rare praise from her). Others cited it as the best gift they had received. It is a gift! If it only contained the poem, "For my Niece Sidney, Age Six" it would be worth it, but there are many more treasures in this slim volume. Like Sidney, who is described as "gripping your book like the steering wheel of a race car you're learning to drive" you'll be taking this volume with you as wonderful company through life's many tedious moments.
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This is decidedly not a learned review of a book of poetry. I don't buy poetry books tho' I do read a lot. So, after seeing a rave in the NY Times Book Review, I tried this one out...and love it! Try a page or two on this site (it it's possible) to get the flavor of this poet's writing. If it hits you like it did me, you will buy it and enjoy.
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Dear Amy Gerstler,

Thank you for writing this book. Now I can't wait to read every book you've written. This was a beautiful, fantastic, emotional, brilliant, funny, deep, ... journey through many amazing places and times. I've been reading selected pieces out loud at breakfast to my husband, who now loves your work too as a result, (though he didn't have much choice about the being read aloud to part...). I shall re-read, share, buy copies for friends.

Signed, your newest fan,
Kris
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