C. Diane Scharper

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What To Miss When: Poems

The power in this collection lies in the way Stein serves her feelings on ice. Although she never mentions T. S. Eliot, her writing style is influenced by his notion that poetry is not a turning loose of emotion but an escape from it.
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Requeening: Poems

These highly descriptive poems evoke a dreamlike state, one that is quick-moving and evocative, temporarily erasing actual and imagined boundaries.
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Second Story: Poems

This book is not exactly a swan song, but in many places it feels that way. What keeps it from being heavy are Duhamel’s word play, breezy free association, and chatty poetic style. For all libraries.
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July

Figurative language, especially alliteration, repetition, and metaphor, races through these pages like the balls in a pinball machine, gathering energy and grace. For a wide range of readers.
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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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