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It is our good fortune that Haskins shares these golden word pictures with us in these rich, dreamy poems. -- Tallahassee Democrat, April 7, 2002

The Rim Benders is a compelling symphony for the printed page. -- The Adirondack Review, February 2002

The major difficulty in praising these poems is not to fall overboard and quote them all. -- The Alsop Review, February 2002

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Lola Haskins writes with the startling freedom and grace of a kite flying, and with the variety and assurance of invention that reveal, in image after image, the dream behind the waking world.
- W.S. Merwin

The voices in Lola Haskins' poems, even the voices of inanimate objects, evoke disturbance, make the heart grieve and rejoice for all it is haunted by. Nobody evokes the mysteries of beauty and the beauty of mystery the way Haskins does.
- Susan Ludvigson

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Anhinga Press (November 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938078704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938078708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,263,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lola Haskins most recent volume of poetry is one of her finest. Haskins "has taught Computer Science at the University of Florida since the late 1970's, and lives on a farm outside Gainesville with her husband, Gerald, and assorted dogs, cats, ducks, and peacocks." Thus she could rightly be called a 'regional poet,' but her stretch and breath go much farther and deeper than that. This poet was not formed by the Iowa workshop. She is, instead: direct, frank, funny, honest, painful. She reminds me of Emily Dickinson, with her microscopic attention to detail, the hard work it must take to build image on top of image, and in her private, odd manner and cadences. One imagines how many poems Haskins has not written or published, and reads carefully between her lines. In a sequence like "Six Ways" to play a staccato, the images build (almost absentmindedly) from "The beehived secretary's brisk heels/click across the polished floor" to "He was wondering over red or white roses. The barrage/comes so quickly it seems all one sound." I love how she begins a poem by saying, "In Florida, when the forty-foot limo slows, Mickey Mouse gets out." The fourth section of the book is the most personal, in that it evokes strong feelings and memories about her parents. Many of those poems are written in near prose, as if Haskins is careful not to turn her memories easily into poetry. There are no resolutions in those poems, but not any self-pity either. Sometimes, in all of her books, Haskins seems to view her own life from a bemused, interested distance. But the reader feels very close to this poet and her world indeed.
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The Rim Benders: Poems And Discourses is an impressive selection of moving, evocative, sometimes frightening free verse poems by Lola Haskins, winner of the 1994 Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America. The essence and spirt of Mexican culture is a particularly memorable theme in her work. Under a spreading sky, blue-pink as a wild egg, / a woman makes a bouquet of her life; / baby's breath, alyssum, sweet lobelia, / rosebuds of palest gold.
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By ACOY on November 29, 2014
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I met the author and had her sign my copy. It was a joy to hear her read poems from the book and describe what inspired the poem.
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