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Bone & Juice (Triquarterly Books) Paperback – October 31, 2001
Everything We Keep: A Novel
On the day of her wedding, she buried her fiancé—and unearthed shocking secrets. Learn More
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
--Virgil Suárez, author of Palm Crows
Top Customer Reviews
A departure from the norm in this collection are several from-the-gut love poems, describing his deepening affection for a mentally stricken companion, Colleen. The anguish of this unrequited love, haunted by erotic memories of earlier times, is haunting and heartbreaking. Meanwhile, the poet, turning fifty, recognizes his own advancing middle age, and bids farewell to both love and his own youth. Finally, failing health lands him in surgery and a long season at the doorway of death on the fringes of his own sanity.
In the end, it's the journey of a battered heart, still tough and beating strong. I recommend it.
Poems such as "Juice" and "The Promise" are great examples of Louis' strength as a poet and as a person. I think that these are the types of poems that can cut to a person's heart making the reader exclaim "wow" in amazement at witnessing Louis' understanding of himself. Although many people cannot even begin to empathize with what it means to be part of the minority in America, let alone being part of a culture that has been nearly exterminated by colonization throughout the centuries, Love can be generally understood by most people. And the depth and loyalty that Louis shows in his Colleen poems is quite admirable and powerful.
Louis, while being skilled enough to let the reader understand him, also brings us to a world that is most likely unknown to some people particularly readers of poetry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're not reading Adrian Louis, you're missing out. Bone & Juice has about a dozen poems that I keep coming back to.Published on August 9, 2013 by Andrew Freeman
For those people interested in great poetry, Adrian Louis's, "Bone and Juice" will satiate the biggest poetry fanatic. Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Roijanik
I enjoyed Bones & Juice because Mr. Louis gives some insight to life of the Native American. His insight is a refreshing example of a person who has mastered his craft with... Read morePublished on April 13, 2005 by Motorcycle Madman