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The ``big city'' in Macklin's first book is New York. Indeed, many of the poems were first published in the New Yorker , and they are well crafted in the tradition of Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop. The tone of the work is polished, cosmopolitan, but too often there is thin meat on these musical bones. In ``There Is Still Water'' one stanza reads: ``All that we eat was fashioned / by someone.'' In ``A Confession of Lies,'' we find ``The truth: We aren't eager to die.'' One problem is the poet's indecision. In a lovely poem, ``Where Inside Is Dark or Light,'' the speaker sees buildings ``breathing'' with windows: ``I could be, I believed, in any one of them, / darkened or light, the glass seen through / like tears come into my eyes, from / grief or joy.'' Or in ``A Translation of Love in Public,'' she writes, ``We like or don't like to hear stories.'' Finally, the book is fortified by a cluster of strong work--including ``The Nearsighted,'' ``A Field Guide to Lesser Desires,'' ``The Only Child Sends a Gift to Her Mother'' and the title poem. In these, Macklin kindles the mystery of what she really cares about; she shows us the powerful poet she will become.

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Deft and exact- [Elizabeth Macklin] opens and shapes her poems as perfectly and calmly as time opens the leaves of a tree. And Ms. Macklin has, along with her lyrical gift, the gift of high purpose. She does not dazzle with the banners of language, but doggedly pursues the revelations of meaning within the events of the poems. . . . [A] fine, first book. -- Mary Oliver

Deft and exact [Elizabeth Macklin] opens and shapes her poems as perfectly and calmly as time opens the leaves of a tree. And Ms. Macklin has, along with her lyrical gift, the gift of high purpose. She does not dazzle with the banners of language, but doggedly pursues the revelations of meaning within the events of the poems. . . . [A] fine, first book. --Mary Oliver"

Exeptionally fine . . . Macklin's style of rendering abstractions, including emotions, into the facts of the physical world . . . is wonderfully and peculiarly her own. --April Bernard"
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