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Daughter of the Hangnail (First Book) Paperback – September 1, 1997

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“This fun, bracingly smart first collection balances speculative epistimologies against surprising, seen things, panning from incident (‘man discovered with over 7OO birds’) to remote tangent: ‘his poor head, startled, / the way a floorpan is startled with wings.’ Reynolds’ comparisons propose and test definitions of self, pain, meaning; ‘The heart— / a canned tulip— / cannot bear itself. And the mind’s light masonry / houses a crap shoot, waterlit.’ . . . Reynolds stands out for her sharp juxtapositions, for her generous empathies, and for her sometimes-exceptional ear.”—Stephen Burt, Boston Review

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“These poems move bravely forward and conjure the mood of a long Stevensian walk through a post-industrial town at twilight, a town that has seen better times, a town full of houses and apartments where people can be seen in lit rooms, gathered around tables and televisions, trying in very different ways, to collate their experience after a day of labor. ... The book is full of – dare I say it? – eternal questions, and if we are reminded poetry is a good house in a bad neighborhood, making beauty a logistical error, we are also made aware it has stood there for a very long time and is in no danger of falling down or being torn down, so long as poets like Reynolds are given stewardship of this strange conundrum called poetry.” (Mary Ruefle)
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Product Details

  • Series: First Book
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: New Issues Poetry & Prose; 1 Ed edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932826571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932826572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,953,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 19, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stunning, intriguing, and challenging. A must for lovers of emotionally layered art.
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Format: Hardcover
Being the designer of Daughter of the Hangnail, I read the book numerous times. I found it to be packed with dark imagery and storytelling that translated quite well to the visuals on the cover.
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