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Product Details

  • Series: National Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 75 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556591136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556591136
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Denise Levertov, who chose these poems as part of the National Poetry Series, describes Heather Allen's poetic style as one of "profound intimacy," meaning that the poems have the ring of truth, that they seem to come from lived experience. The poems make deep connections between the natural world and "the landscape of the soul," as Allen writes in the title piece. These are the kind of weighty poems that will reward many readings.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By roshambo on June 5, 2014
The book is worth reading just for the brilliant poem Night in the Mountains. I wish I could have written this beauty. The books is haunting and full of sparkling gems. Her deep connection to the natural world rings true and reminds me the mystery, power and enchantment found there.
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Have not yet read the whole thing, but I urchased it for one that really spoke to me.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sesho on November 23, 2003
Heather Allen is one of the most severe cases of poetic repetitiveness I have ever seen. She basically makes poems about water, trees, deer, and fish, and that's it. Yes, there is a hidden world that lies beneath everything we see but do we have to read 50 pages of it??? Another metaphor that she does to death is the whole life is a series of concentric rings and circles deal where everything affects everything else. Ho Hum. She uses the same symbols over and over again with no variation and she doesn't really connect with humanity in her poems. Everything is about Nature. I could have written the same poems sitting at a campfire with a beer and looking around describing the night. I have never seen so limited a poetic vision before. I would go back and count how many times the same exact phrase is used throughout the poems, but it's not worth it. I know poems can act as refrains, but this just feels like laziness in this case. To me, this also makes Denise Levertov, the poet who picked Allen to have her own book, have suspicious credibility in my eyes.
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