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The Significance of Swans Paperback – 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Finishing Line Press (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1599243105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599243108
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,798,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Louisa Gilder on December 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
The heartbreaking and masterful villanelle, "To Try To Tell," is alone worth the price of the book. Its lived suffering, described without any pretension, is not hidden but redeemed by its necessarily awkward beauty.

The other crown of the collection (this one happy--it's called "Garden Courtship") deftly evokes the hopeful tension between two people ("our twenty fingers in one lily bed") who are ostensibly only weeding on a wet spring day. Many delights here, some from just a single, artfully placed word, like the unexpected appearance--after "grubbing among muddy roots"--of fear.

There's a welcoming variety of rhythm from page to page here. Note in particular:
--the pair of sonnets ("Daphne's Complaint" & "Semele's Example") illuminating, in subtle and surprising ways, the fatally crossed paths of gods and humans, and another one, "Synaesthesia," where the poet drives an unpoetic car down the road through flocks of sparrows--
--the wonderful haiku "body impressions"--
--and the final, brief, free verse poem on yearning ("Sehnsucht"), whose spare and lovely final image has remained lodged in my memory for months now.

To give a taste, here's some scraps from "Cyclical":
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Some mornings I might run a mile or two
along a big black paved endless track,
around the same old trees; or I'll describe
a circle to the grocery store and back
on dreary afternoons; or spend a rainy
Monday turning cycles among stacks
of laundrey, sorting whites and blacks; or in
the kitchen, swirling stove-to-sink and back...
---

...and some from a poem called "Bramble Bush"...

---
As this worn & ragged bramble bush, jagged
with thorns, scratched like an etching on the air....
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Format: Paperback
Though there a few early poems I'd have culled, this collection gets better and better as it goes on. The overall feel of the poetry is distinctly Irish, adorned with nature-images (both gardened and wild) as well as myth, though less social, more introspective.

If you like poetry and being out-of-doors, and especially both if possible, this collection is for you.

**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.**
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Here is what reviewers had to say on the back of the book:

Sorina Higgins wanders through both the natural world and the world of mythology, asking questions, some unanswerable, in her pursuit of the ineffable. Like a young Anne Sexton, in her rowing towards God, Higgins wants "something more than mundane, something like the sky inside my soul." We all do. Join her on this journey.
--Barbara Crooker, author of Radiance and Line Dance, winner of the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award

I'm moved by the passionate pilgrimage of these poems. Sorina Higgins has a composer's ear and a painter's eye. She's such a crafty poet we shouldn't be surprised when her lines catch us up and transport us into a state of wonder.
--David Huddle, author of Grayscale and Summer Lake: New & Selected Poems

White birds, black birds, and every shade of gray sky and green yearning--all are lit by Higgins' flickering, searching, tested faith, to become signposts to the ineffable.
--Louisa Gilder, Author of Age of Entanglement
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