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Twelve for the Record by [Lockward, Diane]
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  • File Size: 115 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HQG6J4
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By Joanne Merriam on March 27, 2012
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From the first poem ("My Husband Discovers Poetry," in which her husband, who doesn't read poetry, finds a poem she has written in revenge for his lack of interest) to the last ("Leaving in Pieces", in which her husband goes bald and she leaves him for a Labrador retriever with thick fur), this collection is a wonderful introduction to Diane Lockward's work. There's a righteous anger burning through these funny, sharp narratives which will entertain and devastate those new to poetry and long-time readers alike.

I keep going back to that first poem - reading, rereading, re-rereading - days after I read through this collection the first time. Other favourites are "The Best Words," in which the poet contends the best words are those which "sound obscene but aren't" ("Cockatiel, cockatoo--words with wings. / The hoarfrost of winter, lure of a crappie, / handful of nuts, kumquat, lavender crystals of kunzite, / the titillation of shiftless and schist, the bark and bite / of shittimwood, music of sextillion and cockleshells."), and "The Missing Wife," a response to a bumper sticker the poet saw which read "Wife and dog missing. Reward for the dog." ("Time passed. They came and went as they pleased, / chased sticks when they felt like chasing sticks, / dug holes in what they came to regard / as their own backyard. They unlearned / how to roll over and play dead.")

Lockward selected poems from each of her three books, Eve's Red Dress, What Feeds Us and
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"Twelve for the Record" is an anthology of 12 popular works previously published by Diane Lockward. I enjoyed this collection quite a bit, which was surprising to me since I'm usually only lukewarm about poetry.

The poet uses wit and intelligence to communicate. With careful word selections, she paints beautiful, touching and artistic images. She artfully draws you in.

Lockward wraps up the collection with a short section called, "The History of the Poems." This section explained a little of her inspiration for the poems, and was very enjoyable. After I read this section, I went back and re-read a couple of the poems. Knowing the background made them even more enjoyable.

Note: Be sure to view the pages as a whole so that you can see the patterns she's designed with her words in a couple of her poems.
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If you've read all of Diane Lockward's books, then there's nothing new in this chapbook except her final words. The Afterword is a good read and explains a little about how the poet came to write her poems. In the beginning she explains that the poems are her most requested poems, so they are the popular breed. If you want an introduction to Diane Lockward, then this should serve its purpose. It will introduce you to her style and give you a feel for what her longer works have to offer. What else could you expect from a chapbook?
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Every poem in this collection resonates with a compelling voice, inventive language and a startling shock of emotional recognition. I especially love her poems about food, though "My Husband Discovers Poetry" ranks as one of the most beautiful depictions ever penned about the tension in even the best marriage
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Excellent poetry! This will hold your attention. Well worth the time and cost. Looking for more of her poetry. Kg
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