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The Reservoir Paperback – November 18, 2002
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Meticulous and haunted, these poems live in a world only partly ours—one that overlaps into others where mirrors line the throats of birds and bees are baked into cakes. It's often evening here; we're often in a garden; we're often wandering. Stonecipher's precise language is both pensive and uncannily present, her images both seductive and oddly settling. She has achieved a beautiful truce among the most difficult emotions without compromising a thing.(Cole Swensen)
Stonecipher gives her poems both the texture and the structure of a continuous meditation on her own best, strongest, or prettiest memories . . . Stonecipher spent part of her youth in Teheran, and some of her twenties in the Czech Republic. Unsurprisingly, she enjoys writing about place; ultimately, though, all her poems are meditative, inward, remotely Proustian.(Boston Review)
Her unusual style and skillfully turned language, applied to a range of women's secrets, make this collection a read that is both compelling and haunting, and one to which readers will wish to return many times.(Carolina Quarterly)
Life on several continents, sexual passion and intellective experience among the recesses of language produce the unique prose poems in Donna Stonecipher's The Reservoir. Residence in Teheran, Prague, Seattle and Iowa―and study of prose-poem masters from St. John Perse to Killarney Clary―inform the inviting reflections and meditations in Stonecipher's volume.(Publishers Weekly)
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It's the analogy that comes closest to my experience with Donna Stonecipher's book The Reservoir. What is the depth of an aphorism? How do you sound the authority of a secret? What dimensions do we give certainty when we finally come to a decision?Read more ›