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Roleplay Paperback – July 2, 2012
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One thing I especially liked was that many of the poems get away from subjectivity, the mere reporting of how the poet felt on a certain occasion. There are poems that imagine Nancy Drew posting a personal ad., how it would be to be married to Phillip Larkin, and the devil planning a day of subtly damaging people's souls (Among other things, he will
Judge a pile of poetry manuscripts;
award the prize to the emptiest, the most
abstract; to others, scratch a note. So close!
One section of the book consists of poems occasioned by Hitchcock films. Some of these might be best appreciated by Hitch devotees who can easily recall the scenes referenced. But I'm pretty ignorant of Hitchcock, and I still thoroughly enjoyed them since they generally start out with some element in a film and then pursue their own train of thought.
I bought Roleplay along with Linda Pastan's new collection, 'Travelling Light.' Both volumes are excellent; but although I'm a big Linda Pastan fan, I'd have to say I prefer Roleplay. The perspectives are more original, the themes are more varied, and the language is sharper. It's a wonderful book! It now sits proudly and not unworthily on my shelf between Robert Graves and Homer.