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“It is wonderful to see that Amber Flora Thomas' Eye of Water isn't a blurred vision, that it indeed enlightens through mature reflection and measured insight. This lyrical voice knows water as life and redemption, and each line here seems like a divining rod that shows us where personal and public truths are found. Eye of Water is a rewarding tour de force.”
—Yusef Komunyakaa


“In Eye of Water Amber Flora Thomas has written one of her generation's best first books. 'We are invented / by what we let pass through us,' Thomas says, and a sensory world passes through her poems-regal, yet warm, majestic and domestic, sophisticated, emotional, and wise. Intensely crafted, Thomas's poems thrive on multiple levels of truths in myriad angles. They are literally dazzling. Thomas makes a breathtaking debut with this collection.”
—Molly Peacock


“'We are invented/by what we let pass through us,' says Amber Flora Thomas.  Just so, the world is invented anew as it passes through this poet's wryly fixed and clear eye, to be returned to us via the poet's decidedly original voice, as it sings to us of that incidental landscape, the body-the body as it routinely 'betrays its own purpose.'  And we forgive it, we trust in it again.  Which is to say this is also a book about faith and the human struggle for it.  An impressive debut.”
—Carl Phillips


“Amber Flora Thomas is simply amazing. She captures the natural with incredible vision and clarity, vivacity and almost clairvoyance.”
—North American Review



"Thomas’ poetry doesn’t just awaken our sensory perceptions. It pries them open mercilessly and we are left reeling, reborn into what feels like a brand new world with objects that we have never experienced. . . We can’t help but be grateful--because [Thomas] has arrived onto the poetry scene.”
—Apalachee Review



"Highly polished and accomplished, an elegiac work that has the knowing tone of an old master. A remarkably self-assured first collection.”
—Lambda Book Report



“One of the most remarkable things about ‘Eye of Water’ [is] a harmonic counterpoint betwween beauty and violence. Deserves all the praise one can offer and more.”
—American Poet
 

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"It is wonderful to see that Amber Flora Thomas's Eye of Water isn't a blurred vision, that it indeed enlightens through mature reflection and measured insight. This lyrical voice knows water as life and redemption, and each line here seems like a divining rod that shows us where personal and public truths are found. Eye of Water is a rewarding tour de force."--Yusef Komunyakaa

"'We are invented/by what we let pass through us,' says Amber Flora Thomas. Just so, the world is invented anew as it passes through this poet's wryly fixed and clear eye, to be returned to us via the poet's decidedly original voice, as it sings to us of that incidental landscape, the body-the body as it routinely 'betrays its own purpose.' And we forgive it, we trust in it again. Which is to say this is also a book about faith and the human struggle for it. An impressive debut."--Carl Phillips

"In Eye of Water Amber Flora Thomas has written one of her generation's best first books. 'We are invented/by what we let pass through us,' Thomas says, and a sensory world passes through her poems-regal, yet warm, majestic and domestic, sophisticated, emotional, and wise. Intensely crafted, Thomas's poems thrive on multiple levels of truths in myriad angles. They are literally dazzling. Thomas makes a breathtaking debut with this collection."--Molly Peacock

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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822958937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822958932
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,908,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gina Betcher on January 2, 2015
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Everyone needs to read poetry. Read Thomas and you will experience reflective lyricism that engages and reveals a nuance of words we can reunderstand (yes) and the point of doing this is to ensure we know not.
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I find it rare that a book this deeply embodied and visceral also manages to be so spiritually awake. This gorgeous book demands the emotional presence of its reader. Upon finishing it, I felt as though I had witnessed some natural phenomenon--gruesome at times, not without danger, but breathtaking in its beauty.
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I have owned this book since it came out and I have tried to read it numerous times to no avail. Although her language is fairly clear and plain, I find the images to be extremely murky and cryptic. I don't have the faintest idea what she is talking about in any of these poems or why anybody should care. There is no urgency to these poems. The best thing about this book is the incredible cover art. As for what is between the covers, I cannot recommend it.
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