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Horse and Rider: Poems (Walt McDonald First-Book Series)
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VINE VOICEon March 13, 2011
One of the strongest new poets of our times -- Melissa Range writes with the music and power of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson, and in the "high" yet also vernacular tradition of TS Eliot, Seamus Heaney and Geoffrey Hill, wrestling with many of the same ethical, religious and philosophical questions. A book to read aloud and to ponder over, and a must-have collection for all lovers of the music of poetry. I'm looking forward to her next work already!
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on February 9, 2012
This book puts to shame 95% of the so-called "poetry" being published today. Its language is powerful, metaphorical, and not afraid to be beautiful and sound extraordinary. This is the best new book of poems I've seen in years, and we should welcome its cleansing, healing excellence. Buy it and give your mind and senses a workout!
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on April 9, 2010
One of the finest collections I've read in a long time. The evocative and haunting "High Lonesome" is worth the price of the book alone. Fresh language. Range delights in words and we benefit.
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on February 21, 2011
This book makes me want to read every bit of it aloud, the language is so full of sound and power--I loved it, I love how each poem begins an idea, then wrestles all the way through it, and how the ideas are so strenuous and full of emotion that they literally stir my heart and make me want to run or sing or cry. How can you resist a poem written from the point of view of a piece of rope who's mourning that it has to hang people, and yearns instead to haul boats and support acrobats?: "That's a kinder life for a piece of string./ I'd like to rig a mast up, and hear the sailors sing." Highly recommended!
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on June 23, 2016
Absolutely beautiful book, with wit and fury. An original voice.
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on December 28, 2011
Anyone wondering about the importance of sound in contemporary American poetry should read this book. And yet it's not just sound for the sake of sound, or play (though there's a lot of that). Ultimately, it's sound for the sake of heart. The emotional impact of these poems is of a rare order.
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on April 9, 2011
The language is beautiful (can't emphasize that enough), the poems are powerful. Range's writing is connected to history, myth, and other writing in fascinating and engaging ways. Enjoyed this book very much!
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