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The Striped World Paperback – February 5, 2009
Everything We Keep: A Novel
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Top Customer Reviews
Jones engages the reader right away with this tightly-written, brilliant collection. Beginning at the beginning, she's concerned with her own birth in "Waking" where she imagines "when my mother woke and felt a twitch// inside, like the shifting of curtains." Very nice image. That evocative "filmy fluttery" feeling. We are in for a ride of sensations and colors. And it's not her (the poet/speaker's) waking but the mother's. We're treated to the image of her as the fluttering, pent-up bird trying to get free throughout these remarkable poems.
What range Jones has! In "Daphne" she takes flight to the classical. Right away I was with Ovid, and Richard Strauss. But no, it is really she, the poet as sensing being who tells us: "I'm not that happy. It's good to be a girl,// and a tree, with the wind in it. It's good// to move in the wind, and to move the wind.// My leaves all move. They sing, and make the world.
Wow. A poet is speaking as herself, a nymph and a tree all at the same time. That's poetry! And thanks, Emma, for giving us back the word "girl" as something that is not anathema. Congratulations on your confidence with that word.
Confidence with words--how about that! One after another, each poem shows it:
"Window," "The Mind," and "Sonnet" (oh my, that range again): "'Where's your terminus?'// The flowers are wan// travellers. They unpack their cases. All// they know, they are. Renewal, rest. Renewal."
This poetry collection is filled with surprises. The world itself is a kind of tiger. Striped, that is.Read more ›