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Twelve for the Record [Kindle Edition]

Diane Lockward
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Book Description

Twelve for the Record originally appeared in print as part of the Greatest Hits series. The collection gathers together a dozen of the poet's most often requested poems, all of which have previously appeared in print and online journals, including Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Several of the poems have appeared on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. Readers familiar with Lockward's work will find favorites such as "My Husband Discovers Poetry," "The Missing Wife," and "Linguini." The collection ends with an essay in which the poet traces the history of the poems. Teachers may find this a convenient and cost-effective resource for poetry students.

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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve for the Record December 30, 2012
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Excellent poetry! This will hold your attention. Well worth the time and cost. Looking for more of her poetry. Kg
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just fabulous. March 27, 2012
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From the first poem ("My Husband Discovers Poetry," in which her husband, who doesn't read poetry, finds a poem she has written in revenge for his lack of interest) to the last ("Leaving in Pieces", in which her husband goes bald and she leaves him for a Labrador retriever with thick fur), this collection is a wonderful introduction to Diane Lockward's work. There's a righteous anger burning through these funny, sharp narratives which will entertain and devastate those new to poetry and long-time readers alike.

I keep going back to that first poem - reading, rereading, re-rereading - days after I read through this collection the first time. Other favourites are "The Best Words," in which the poet contends the best words are those which "sound obscene but aren't" ("Cockatiel, cockatoo--words with wings. / The hoarfrost of winter, lure of a crappie, / handful of nuts, kumquat, lavender crystals of kunzite, / the titillation of shiftless and schist, the bark and bite / of shittimwood, music of sextillion and cockleshells."), and "The Missing Wife," a response to a bumper sticker the poet saw which read "Wife and dog missing. Reward for the dog." ("Time passed. They came and went as they pleased, / chased sticks when they felt like chasing sticks, / dug holes in what they came to regard / as their own backyard. They unlearned / how to roll over and play dead.")

Lockward selected poems from each of her three books, Eve's Red Dress, What Feeds Us and Temptation by Water, to make up this small, tight, powerful chapbook, so people who already own her books won't find anything new here, though die-hard fans may find it worth picking up for her endnote with its thorough detailing of the history of the poems.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is a Keeper. April 30, 2012
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"Twelve for the Record" is an anthology of 12 popular works previously published by Diane Lockward. I enjoyed this collection quite a bit, which was surprising to me since I'm usually only lukewarm about poetry.

The poet uses wit and intelligence to communicate. With careful word selections, she paints beautiful, touching and artistic images. She artfully draws you in.

Lockward wraps up the collection with a short section called, "The History of the Poems." This section explained a little of her inspiration for the poems, and was very enjoyable. After I read this section, I went back and re-read a couple of the poems. Knowing the background made them even more enjoyable.

Note: Be sure to view the pages as a whole so that you can see the patterns she's designed with her words in a couple of her poems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good little chapbook April 1, 2012
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If you've read all of Diane Lockward's books, then there's nothing new in this chapbook except her final words. The Afterword is a good read and explains a little about how the poet came to write her poems. In the beginning she explains that the poems are her most requested poems, so they are the popular breed. If you want an introduction to Diane Lockward, then this should serve its purpose. It will introduce you to her style and give you a feel for what her longer works have to offer. What else could you expect from a chapbook?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought May 2, 2012
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Every poem in this collection resonates with a compelling voice, inventive language and a startling shock of emotional recognition. I especially love her poems about food, though "My Husband Discovers Poetry" ranks as one of the most beautiful depictions ever penned about the tension in even the best marriage
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More About the Author

Diane Lockward is the author of three poetry books, most recently, Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve's Red Dress. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Against Perfection and Greatest Hits: 1997-2010. Her poems have been included in such anthologies as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times, and have been published in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer's Almanac. She is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and has received awards from North American Review, Louisiana Literature, and the Journal of NJ Poets. www.dianelockward.com


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