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Ange Mlinko is the author of Starred Wire, a National Poetry Series Award winner, and Matinées, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Poems from this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Poetry magazine, and elsewhere. A longtime East Coast resident and language columnist for The Nation, she currently lives in Beirut.
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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566892430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566892438
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,424,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mlinko writes prose like - has no-one said this before? - OK, like an angel; there, I said it. But as poet? This is the kind of book that you either feel really proud of yourself for reading or you want to hurl across the room. Mlinko's charm is unmistakable, yet this exhibits the kind of preciousness at which Europeans (and no doubt more sophisticated Americans) can only stare aghast, like seeing someone coming out of the loo with their skirt caught in their knickers. Example: 'cats enceinte in hyacinth' - does this mean they are pregnant, in which case the adjective, while inarguably feminine, should equally inarguably be plural, or that they are cinctured in hyacinth, which would be neater, besides sounding echt Mlinko and getting one out of the adjective conundrum (the number still being wrong and the information about gender irrelevant, except to the cats' owner)

OK, French is a minefield - but getting closer to home, you guys really ought to learn how to spell Caribbean!

I haven't given up on Mlinko - her radiant/dense, playful/civilised qualities are cherishable - but will this be one of those books that, in Dr Johnson's words, 'the reader admires and puts down, and forgets to take up again'?
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