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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2012
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Graham has created yet another masterpiece that is a must-have collection for anyone that understands and respects poetry. Each poem has its own unique details and carefully chosen words that somehow convince the reader's mind to create and craft the world the author envisions. The writing takes a life of its own, and page after page, I found myself going back to re-read lines that still had lasting impact on my thoughts.

If you are new to poetry, you could not do any better than picking up this book. But be careful, because once you start turning the pages, you will be unable to stop.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2012
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"Place" is deeply moving--written from an infinity within and beyond the self. It speaks to departure--to how there is no possible re-entry in Time; it tries the transcendental; it pushes its way towards life; it accepts that there is hope even where there is "no hope to turn again". it is by turns exciting, humbling and makes one deeply grateful to be alive".
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
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One of the most important literary minds, a true master! Written with such grace and intimacy-- a truly brilliant collection of poems, I highly recommend this unforgettable book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2013
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"Place" is my vote for the best book of poetry in 2012. It's actually the best book of poetry that I've read in recent memory bar none. Jorie Graham's work can be notoriously difficult, but this book is immensely readable and a real joy. If you have any interest in her work, you should definitely check it out. And if you've never read her work, it's a great starting place.

The last book by Graham that I picked up was "Sea Change." There were a couple poems from that volume that had been published in Poetry magazine that I thought were really impressive. But the book itself was a slog in part because of its pretentions (and a lot of meandering, weak poems).

But "Place" is not like that at all and might be her best, most down-to-earth book (I can't say with certainty because I haven't read all of her work). Some standout poems include "Sundown," "Mother and Child (The Road at the Edge of the Field," and "Dialogue (of the Imagination's Fear)." These poems are all dynamite. And while every poem in the book doesn't knock it out of the park, the vast majority do.
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Jorie Graham's "Place," one of the finest achievements of her poetic career, is a collection intense in the reading, demanding the most acute focus, but rewarding with moments that make us see the world anew in its most exhilarating detail. Though its thesis is the depersonalization of society--the way institutions war against the individual soul--she finds her way (and ours) through to personal consolation by attending to the myriad beauties of the quietest and most elemental experiences of living, laid open in the profoundly illuminating way that only she can. This tour-de-force validates Graham's position at the forefront of contemporary English language poetry. Incomparable achievement, incomparable beauty!
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on March 26, 2015
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A well-earned accolade as a poet who forces the reader to intellectualize her artistry, which is profound. The mental gymnastics are a welcome relief in an era marked by things Kardashian, selfies and texting while driving...Jorie Graham is an outstanding artist who creates imagery that resembles more a conversation on an ever-changing canvas, her palette poised to challenge, entertain, and edify our souls.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
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The binding and paper are beautiful. The book is lovely to hold, but the poems aren't for me.

I know people who love it, and those people are perfectly reasonable, too.

Really, as with all poetry books, read a few. That's how you'll know.
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on April 6, 2014
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I love how each section here evolves from the prior; and each poem within, does likewise.

That is the way poetry should be: Continually growing & changing; aware of its limitations (of language), and continually transcending them.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2014
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Truly, it is hard to understand how Graham became important in the first place,
sure, she has a big panicky brain and a lot of learning; but the work, even
in this recent, relatively (emphasis here) accessible collection is so joyless,
so lacking in pleasures of the senses, narrative engagement, humor -(god forbid),
-- well, it is just a very dry kind of porridge being served in this sorbonne -cafe
americano. WCW's typography is sort of a pleasure to see employed here,
but my god this is stony ground-- I have met human beings, and, take my word
for it, they are more lively and interesting than this sample would suggest!
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on October 30, 2013
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Brilliant, modern, sensible, and with an accessible choice of words. Graham's poetic structure is worth exploring and expanding upon. I'm going to continue loving it for years to come.
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