C. Diane Scharper

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Index of Women

As her impressions flow together, they add a surreal atmosphere, suggestive of art by Toulouse-Lautrec
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frank: sonnets

All in all, there’s an awareness of the poet being separated--suggesting that she’s writing the poem as a way to connect to absent loved ones--perhaps her son who lives far away from her, or her former lover, or departed family members, or even her own self. But is she? It’s hard to pin down the meaning of a Seuss poem, which adds a certain pleasing sense of mystery to the best work here.

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The Math Campers

This difficult though engaging book brims with paradox, double meanings, incremental repetition, and startling metaphors, as when Chiasson tells the reader to step away from the page, so that “together we will ponder who imagined whom….” Best for academic libraries.
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Runaway: New Poems

Donne’s phrase “the vale of soul-making,” quoted by Graham in an interview, aptly suggests the terrain of these poems; challenging as they are, many of them seem like prayers. For all poetry fans.
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How To Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons): Poetry

Ranging from the title’s numerous lessons to a reading list for insomniacs, the poems in this genial new volume generally exude a pleasing sense of mystery, as exemplified by those in the final section, “The Nature of Objects.” Appropriate for most collections.
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Blizzard

For large poetry collections.

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Little Hill

Ultimately, the creek running through El Cerrito is an extension of the sea and the life force it represents, as reflected in Warren’s poetry. For academic libraries and public libraries with strong poetry collections.
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Summer Snow: New Poems

Overall, this collection of elegies has a pleasing, conversational tone (despite the morbidity of its subject), as if Hass is reading nature not to glean a message but to hear and see what nature has to say. For all libraries.
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After Callimachus: Poems

According to this collection’s foreword, Callimachus never found his ideal translator
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