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THE UNWORN NECKLACE has the weight and emotional force of a novel. A novel specifically about a woman's midlife relationships as her marriage goes south, her father dies, her daughter takes flight, and a new relationship is tested. --Ron Silliman, Award Judge, Poetry Society of America

Remarkably depicted and balanced, THE UNWORN NECKLACE unravels and extends like a poignant novel. A prescription for healing, its poems seem as if they were chiseled, exhibiting just the right words. This is the book to tell others about right now. --Lenard D. Moore, President, Haiku Society of America

Book Award Prize Winner --Haiku Society of America

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Roberta Beary lives near Washington, DC with her husband Frank Stella. Her website is robertabeary.com. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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  • Perfect Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Snapshot Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903543223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903543221
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,831,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning poet Roberta Beary was born and raised in New York City. In 1990 she moved to Japan for five years. Her individual poems have been honored throughout North America, Europe and Asia for their innovative style.

Her book of short poems, The Unworn Necklace (Snapshot Press, 2007, 1st hardcover ed. 2011), selected as a William Carlos Williams Book Award finalist (Poetry Society of America), was named a Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award prize winner. She and her husband, writer Frank Stella, live near Washington, DC.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D. A Giacalone on October 9, 2007
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A long-time fan of Roberta Beary's haiku and senryu, I just wrote a lengthy review of this book at my weblog, f/k/a, which has an audience of lawyers and haiku poets. Most lovers of fine haiku don't know or care that Roberta has a law degree and is a real estate finance attorney. For them, she's not "the best lawyer haiku poet;" she's quite simply one of the best haiku poets alive -- and she has proven it in haiku journals, contests and anthologies, year in and year out, for over a decade. But, we've been waiting for a full-length volume of her work. Therefore, The Unworn Necklace is a long-awaited, much-anticipated haikai milestone.

I'm not into "poetic" language. I especially like the focus of haiku and senryu on the concrete, the small things that are part of everyday life. Roberta excels at that focus, while courageously revealing moments (as well as cycles and seasons) of pain, understanding that darkness and hurt (from divorcing to watching your parents become frail) are not only natural parts of life, but can be as life-affirming as the joys and beauty she also finds and shares.

Filled with poems that will surely be hailed as "classics", this collection will leave haiku lovers wanting a sequel. And, if given the chance, it will create haiku lovers out of a lot of people who swear, like me, that they really don't like poetry.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dave Russo on November 12, 2007
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The Unworn Necklace is a highly enjoyable collection of haiku and senryu by one of the best practitioners of these genres in English. Readers of poetry other than haiku might find it easier to respond to the more personal poems, such as:

no longer married
only their shadows touch
. . . graduation day

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mother's visit
side by side we outline
our lips

But the same quiet insight and humor also underlies the nature poems:

turning away
from the pear tree . . .
turning back

The Unworn Necklace is a handsome book as well. John Barlow and Snapshot Press are doing their part to bring haiku in English into the mainstream of literature in the West.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RSF on February 8, 2008
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Roberta Beary has written another gem in "The Unworn Necklace." Her haiku has the power to reach into the corners of the heart.
harvest moon
the long pull
of faraway children

Make poetry of everyday matters,
spring morning
the vacuum's cord snaps back
into itself

And, evoke long buried memories or make us smile. This collection, perhaps her best, is filled with observations on life cast in beautifully chosen language creating a vivid mind-scene.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By marjorie buettner on September 22, 2010
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The Deeper Quiet: this haiku collection is a composite of still-life images that substantiate the variegated motions and emotions in a life. As our life events change, so, too, do we change and exchange one reality for another, one name for another:
the sound of the name
I used to have
soft falling snow
We are driven deeper into an awareness that may pain us as those transitional periods in life take over and define:
. . . summer's end
unable to go
unable to stay
And sometimes it is something as insignificant as a necklace given to us by a loved one which signifies the weight of relentless regret:
all day long
I feel its weight
the unworn necklace
The "bittersweet poignancy" (as Rosenstock's blurb says) of this collection is a telling awareness of what it means to be human.
empty room
a teacup holds
the light
This is a fine collection from an accomplished poet.
-Marjorie Buettner, USA
Moonset, Spring/Summer 2008
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