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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Sky Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193397401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933974019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,282,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Valerie Lawson, a veteran of the Boston poetry scene is known for her work both in the Slam and the more traditional Spoken Word genre. She is a dramatic reader and her writing speaks as well on the page as the stage. In her new collection Dog Watch Lawson covers pets, downtown Boston, the passage of time; with vivid and memorable language. Take her portrait of two lovers in the poem 1369 Coffeehouse , a well-known coffee haunt in Cambridge, Mass. In this poem Lawson appoints the stage with telling and evocative detail: You wore that brown sweater and plaid shirt. Throat clearing sounds of coffee machines. The counter man was funny, said, Get desert, he s buying. Food unnecessary, we sit at the tiny table in front, ignore cups of tea. You face the back, I the street. Above our head hangs a map of Cambridge. You show your first poem of the new year, Images in my mind an Escher print. I give you a turkey feather, it gleams as you twirl it, as you smooth the barbs. And in Time Addict Lawson captures the frenzied nature of the rat race a maddening, life-deadening pace: I can make it, I know I can, less than living wage just a point on the line, I need to run faster, work later do more, shave sleep fifteen minutes at a time, sleep is the drug for the weak, give me some sleep deprivation, heady buzz a counterpoint to the pounding in my temples, gotta go, got a thing, got to get somewhere, fast, where d the time go? Reccommended. --Doug Holder, Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene

Valerie Lawson is an award-winning poet and photographer who is based in Buzzards Bay but who has taken her poetic vision to Britain and Europe. The poems of Dogwatch, 54 of them, are generally composed in free verse and take on a broad range of subjects, everything from taking down the Christmas tree to this brief gem: Fixing the Faucet The faucet dripped for months, overflowing the dishpan, staining the sink, every drop an annoyance struggling to find its level. Can t afford a plumber: can t afford a new well. Take the faucet apart fumble unfamiliar wrenches, replace rubber washers. Simple, praise harmony, control flow. I could carve my name in stone with tap water. --Melanie Lauwers, Cape Cod Times

About the Author

Valerie Lawson's poetry has been published in literary journals, anthologies and on websites. Lawson received awards for Narrative Poem, Female Spoken Word, and as a member of the poetry troupe, Doc Brown's Traveling Poetry Show. Lawson has traveled to Europe and the UK to perform poetry and participated in a multi-media cultural exchange between Massachusetts and Ireland, celebrating the UN's International Decade for the Culture of Peace. A member of the New England Poetry Club and PEN New England, Lawson edits an e-mail newsletter for poets in the Boston area.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Valerie Lawson makes her solo poetry debut in "Dog Watch", a labor of intensive love from a poet who put hours upon hours into this anthology, and has won awards from the Cambridge Poetry Awards, Best Poetry Troupe from Doc Brown's Traveling Poetry Show, and has traveled to Europe to study and improve her craft, and all of this shows in her anthology "Dog Watch". Vivid, lucid imagery jumps off every page and strikes you with its wonderful, lyrical verse. Highly recommended to poetry lovers everywhere, "Dog Watch" should find itself alongside all great contemporary poetry collections. Groundhog Day: Snapping Turtle/buried deep/in frozen mud/stretches, flexes claws/dreams reptilian dreams//Ice/hydraulic winter skin/lifts imperceptibly/then relaxes/Alveoli lace work at pond's edge tightens its grip//We wait.
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