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Lake Effect Paperback – December 7, 2006
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"Everywhere I look these days no poetry is being written. There is a lot of pretend poetry, but nothing really this fine. With this book it makes it very easy for me to say: Laura Bentley, I dub thee poet supreme." - Ray Bradbury
"Laura Bentley's eye is drawn to what others often overlook or refuse to examine, the detritus and back rooms and alleyways of a frightening and frightened world. Here are portraits of the broken and the maimed; here are narratives of hopelessness and redemption; here are strong lyric engagements with landscape; and here is the solace of geological time. This book charts a pilgrim's journey in language with growing assurance and control. It is a journey already rich with achievement." - Paula Meehan
Lake Effect: Poems by Laura Treacy Bentley
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"Inisheer floats like vapor, seaside lights are sequined far below" are a dream of Ireland, of a time from a past life perhaps, another existence when life was simple and quiet and beautiful.
The poetry is far more than peaceful though. It is at times mysterious: "Eight skeletal disks bloom unpetaled on West Virginia farmland. They turn their heads..."
And sometimes the words invoke turbulence: "...stitching and unstitching the wild swans that marked my way here to the fuchsia that bleed on Iish Mor where fishermen sail an ashen sea."
And there's hope: "all the way back, me singing half-remembered songs; Silently we turned in midnight flowers and followed the summer moon pearled in the gray hand of morning."
If you are unsure whether or not to buy this book, wait no longer. Its rhythms and images, struggle and hope, moon and sun will surely bless you.