- Paperback: 114 pages
- Publisher: Bottom Dog Press; First edition (January 13, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933964804
- ISBN-13: 978-1933964805
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,813,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Echo: Poems Paperback – January 14, 2014
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Christina Lovin is a singer of stories and “of the many ways of leaving, part by part, or head first like the hound too far afield to hear the call and downing dusk….” An elegiac poet for whom the past opens a door to the present and the future, she seeks to preserve the memory of those she loves even as she reinvents herself. “Sometimes it’s wise to do a thing twice,” Lovin says. Echo has found her voice: incisive, compassionate, sorrowful, mysterious, full of anger and tenderness for our flawed world.
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Echo is autobiographical poetry, full of historical moments from the author’s life, like nuclear bomb testing, satellites, murders and other crimes. I'm about the same age, so the memories of time gone past rang true to me. She’s included historical notes with some of the selections, and I really appreciate the gift of added depth and complexity to the readers understanding. I dislike it when poets expect you to know obscure references.
My favorite selections were personal poems. Recollections of shared experiences with sisters and mothers, husbands and children are sensual and potent. The emotional tangle of relationships through generations resonates.
On a technical note, the poetic form varies throughout. I enjoy shifts and mixtures for variety. Private Dirt’s refrain of 'he lied' is particularly powerful. Some poems use rhyming verse, and even haiku. In the Myth Information section, poems play off famous quotes.
Overall, Echo covers a lot of territory and is an engaging and enjoyable read. Highly recommended.
ECHO covers a wide terrain, not only throughout the Midwest, but also mapping the interior landscape of one young woman's coming-of-age. From childhood to motherhood, starting with the 1950's and then moving forward, the poems cover themes of domestic violence, 1950's politics, gender roles, and pop culture. Lovin is a skilled craftswoman. Anyone who reads this collection will be richer for it.