- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (September 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807138940
- ISBN-13: 978-0807138946
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,836,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Swing Girl: Poems 1st Edition
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About the Author
Katherine Soniat is the author of four poetry books, including A Shared Life, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. She teaches in the Great Smokies Writing Program of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.
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Top Customer Reviews
I got the thread of losing a loved one to illness, but until page 39 I thought it was a spouse. Now I think it's a daughter. But there's no timeline here, no introductions, no way to get acquainted except fumbling around in the dark.
I don't understand some of the seemingly unrelated poems. For example, what does "Painting White Mountain" have to do with a dying child? Perhaps it has some brilliant connection but it is lost on me because I haven't been given enough of a compass.
Other poems suffer because they have some wonderful lines or ideas, but are paired unintelligibly, like an off-kilter marriage. It's like parts of the poem were written on different wavelengths.
Some of the lines I enjoyed:
"the thousand-year myrtle tree covered with hundreds of hopes for recovery: bright ribbons knotted to branches while the sick keep faltering."
"what did she deduct for each of those weightless gold flaws?"
"each bedrock thing dispersed with slowly as the water moves by."
"Thoughts at Paliani", "Black Boat", "Sleeping Alone", "Morning Child", "Cobalt Blue".
Good idea/images, but felt weak:
"On the Steppes", "The Mark", "Flower Viewing", "Dahlias", "Sidereal Travelers", "The Swing Girl".