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Our Lady of the Ruins: Poems (Barnard Women Poets Prize) 1st Edition
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So with that, why only four stars? Two reasons, one general, one more specific. In general, I reserve five star rankings for poetry books which I'd consider great classics. It takes a certain amount of perspective to make that judgement, so I hesitate to put a very recent book by a young poet in that category. And more specifically, I perceived in most of these poems, despite the brilliance of their language, a lack of formal (I don't just mean externally formal, but emotionally and psychologically formal) unity of statement which makes that poem into a story (not meaning a narrative necessarily) uniquely of its own, different from the story told by any other poem, even ones written in the same poetic language.Read more ›
with a pilgrimage of women into and through a world destroyed.
Yet the spirit of the speakers of these poems is both spiritual and
devoted to life and the power of human love.