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About the Author

Sage Cohen is author of Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (August 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615153070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615153070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,352,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shawn Sorensen on October 23, 2008
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I read this book in one sitting, something I've never done with a poetry title. Cohen doesn't mince words - rather, she is one of those rare lyricists who makes every line count. I often paused mid-poem, amazed with a particular line or stanza, like this one from "Pretty Lady Can I Get a Smile?":

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.
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Sage is both a gifted poet and a sharp observer. The imagery in her poems can be subtle, dazzling, or prismatic, but I found nearly all of these pieces evocative and illuminating (and I love the book's cover!). She notices and embraces the tiny things, and she isn't fluffy or silly; rather she is alternately dark and light. I like that the poems are short and pithy, that she is not impressed by her own voice, and that she is unafraid to expose herself. I bought a copy of the book for my mother, which says a lot about my opinion.

Sage is also VERY good with poem titles!
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As I read through Like the Heart, the World, I was intrigued by the uniqueness and depth of Cohen's words. She has created surprising word combinations such as "the metal taste of alone" that made me stop and contemplate their meanings. I love that her poems are like a maze of language; fresh and thought-provoking. The book is separated into three sections according to places that Cohen has lived and reflects her experiences in those cities. Through these sections, she intertwines the sensory world around us with the deep emotions that we feel inside. As the sections progress we see Cohen open up, giving us more of her, allowing us a bigger glimpse into the depths of her mind. Her poetry becomes more relaxed and longer signifying her growth as she moves through the different phases of her life. In the end, we see that she is comfortable where she is now, that she can sit within the pain, loss, and triumph of life and convey it all to us magnificently.
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As I read `Like the Heart, the World', I think: these poems know what they are talking about. These poems are wise. These poems are brave. These poems speak their mind.

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.
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Sage Cohen's debut poetry collection is an unwavering, steady-gazed inquiry into the self. With courageous, often beautiful language, evocative imagery, and an original voice, these poems -- sometimes melancholy, always wise, and imbued with gratitude for the world's myriad gifts -- take us from New York City, to San Franciso, and finally to Portland, Oregon as we accompany the speaker on her difficult, but ultimately illuminating, journey of inner unfoldment. Cohen's insights and discoveries are hard-won, and she generously shares them with us here.

Mari L'Esperance
author of *The Darkened Temple* - University of Nebraska Press
The Darkened Temple (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry)
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