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Like the Heart, the World Paperback – August 24, 2007
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I'd like to change the way
you think about marriage.
Your geography is impressive.
Do you know where your heart is?
The emotional range from poem to poem is one of the strongest features of the book, showing a deep maturity of directness and empathy. The book is also broken up into sections according to where the author has lived at various stages of her life, something I really appreciated. I was slightly confused during some of the poems, but that's just this particular reader and something that didn't happen very often. It also means that one can get different things from a Cohen poem each time it's read, the mark of a strong author. Highly recommended.
On my first read-through, I didn't understand everything. It didn't matter - certain phrases resonate and the sound goes on, like a bell. `We understand least/ what we hold closest'. `It is spring, and there's too much of everything.'
On my second read-through, I understand a little more. The best poetry doesn't show us everything all at once. It demands that we work a little. `Thin your bounty down to what you know.' `ownership cannot survive'.
I'm fond of the idiosyncrasies and the quirkiness in Cohen's work - a red-hatted woman, the hungry yellow throats of daisies, a man wearing the `wrong' shirt. I'm interesting in what the poems have to say - about fathers, about losing babies, about being alone, about how to grow. Most of all, I feel nourished by Cohen's words. I think it's because each of the poems contain a shining truth.
These poems deserve our attention. Buy this book, and pay it proper attention.
author of *The Darkened Temple* - University of Nebraska Press
The Darkened Temple (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry)
Sage is also VERY good with poem titles!
I would buy this book as a gift for a friend. It will have permanent shelf space in my poetry collection.