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Bardo (Wisconsin Poetry Series) Paperback – September 24, 1998
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Bardo is Tibetan for the Buddhist state of in-between, when the soul is between death and rebirth. According to Paola's prolog, the soul is tempted away from nirvana into reincarnation, synonymous with suffering. A reformed heroin addict, Paola has passed from the bardo of unremembering into the pain of consciousness, and her considerable descriptive powers are infused with both pain and delight. Of her young niece's pink bedroom, she writes: "Girl/ colors, blended of blood & milk./ A sprawled doll, & through the window/ fat, voluptuous cloud above the sea." "Columbines" is a short, moving piece about adult remorse for the mistakes of a younger self. Judging from the vague details offered, Paolo has managed to emerge, butterfly-like, from a life of drugs and infertility to become a professor, mother, and author of this third book of poetry. Unfortunately, the fine writing here is weakened by an obsessive self-involvement that wears on the reader's sympathies.?Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York
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Christ In The World Of Matter
Driftwood Beach: Theme & Variations
Fall Landscape, With Empty Places & Sound
Halfway To The Afterlife
In The Realm Of Neither Notions Nor Not-notions
In The Realm Of The Hungry Ghosts
Mistaking Opiates For The Clear Light
Prayer To Seal Up The Wombdoor
Seeing It All As The Bardo
Suite For The Child That Refuses To Come
Tenure At Forty
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®