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Rookery (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) Paperback – October 21, 2010
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Those two lines are from the fourth stanza of "Discipline with Lines from First Corinthians" (page 35), an exquisite poem in a fantastic collection that can be gentle and brutal simultaneously and that will haunt you after you've closed the cover. Expect involuntary expressions of pleasure as you're reading; warn your friends, family, and coworkers about the spontaneous "mmmmmms" or "wows" or "damns!" they'll hear as you read how "her dress slid from her body like smoke" ("Aubade with a Fox and a Birthmark," page 6) or how "She clears her throat, slices her knife through a tomato" after a "Chastity Belt Lesson" (page 40). If you're a writer, expect feelings of inadequacy and awe. It was a pleasure to discover. I can't recommend it more highly.