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Tryst Paperback – April 15, 2009
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The wealth of detail Estes brings to her work is rewarding and satisfying, but her ability to play with these details, to join, compare, juggle those things that seem dissimilar bears the mark of genius. Probably even more compelling is Estes's tone, her relationship with her reader. Do you remember that epigraph from The Great Gatsby? Fitzgerald writes,
Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her;
If you can bounce high, bounce for her too,
Till she cry "Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover,
I must have you!"
Estes is that high-bouncing lover. We, her readers, watch her stunning performance, we see her work feverishly to please us as she reaches for the heavens. And we are overwhelmed. We want her. We crave her poems. We want to immerse ourselves in her world. Her joy and her energy and her willingness to exert herself so generously compel us irresistibly.
I hope Estes keeps looking, living, and writing. We will be well rewarded by every poem she offers us. I eagerly await her next book, and I unreservedly recommend Tryst.