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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: WordTech Communications (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932339086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932339086
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,638,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vanessa Haley, an award-winning poet and formerly Associate Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, is also a licensed clinical social worker who has practiced psychotherapy for 11 years. She is the author of a collection of poetry, The Logic of Wings, as well as an Instructor's Manual for Fictions (Harcourt College Texts). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Sojourner, and Alaska Quarterly Review; and in anthologies, including Reading Poetry: An Anthology of Poems (Random House). Her essay, "How I Learned to Count to Four and Live with the Ghosts of Animals" was included in Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment and the Creative Process (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). After recently teaching for two years at a college preparatory high school, she has devoted herself to developing secondary English curriculum BOX SETS to provide intellectually stimulating & fun lesson plans and activities for classroom use. Her handmade board games are designed to integrate right brain/left brain processing of literary works. She invites you to visit her web site at www.PlayGamestoLearn.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Vanessa taught me creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University in the 1980's. Her writing has a knack for making the reader feel that she is reflecting your own feelings back to you. A worthy read for a poetry lover.
If you read this, Vanessa, feel free to email me: vcu1987@msn.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Walls on September 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
What surprises and delights in these poems is the unsentimental look at that which normally shakes us to the core and causes us to avert our eyes: a horse left to stiffen in the freezing snow; the deer, just shot, "Swallowing all sunlight" to disappear; the snapping turtle, "a lost ancient," decapitated by an oblivious father; Atlantic City's diving horse, "prodded into false flight, its abuse so routine, it goes through the motions like the blind stepping tentatively in a lightless world." While these poems read with prosaic ease, the technical skill of careful rhyme schemes and lovely sounds and rhythms render them accomplished without the strain of linguistic gymnastics or pedantry. The sequences (on Anna Pavlova, the "Mother" and entomology) as well as occasional deviations from formal poems ("Dysthymia") render this collection an impressive achievement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jerome on February 27, 2005
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I found the collection touched so many facets of our everyday experience. My favorite poem, "Home" reminded me of times long past. I felt the joy mixed with disappointment and confusion of returning to the scene of youth, perhaps imagining what would be the same and what might have changed. Then, the sadness mixed with intrigue of the progress and stillness of time. The images and feelings tug at the heart and inspire at the same time. A wonderful first collection.
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I read this book from cover to cover without encountering a weak or "filler" poem, which is an unusual experience for poetry readers today. What beautiful, haunting images! Among this poet's greatest accomplishments is her ability to use everyday vernacular and natural imagery in a fresh, evocative manner. These childhood memories become the reader's own--accessible yet mysterious. Highly recommended.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By adead_poet@hotmail.com on June 25, 2004
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Vanessa Haley's first collection of poems is a rather weak one. The language is more or less uneventful and flat and the poems are unremarkable. That isn't to say that there is nothing good about this collection. The opening poem, about a photograph of her mother, is a really good poem (which gave me high hopes for the rest of the collection) and there is a great poem on the death of her cousin, "For My Cousin, Found in a Ravine". But there are so many better collections of poetry you can pick up instead.
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