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Bone Map: Poems

Milkweed. Aug. 2014. 96p. ISBN 9781571314697. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781571319197. POETRY
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In this heartfelt, gracefully written collection, winner of the National Poetry series, Johnson makes telling connections while showing us a world inevitably underlain by hurt: a stag rubbing its antlers against a tree to strip them of their velvet also strips the tree of bark, as "someplace in the world// a bomb strips away someone's skin." But in her assured way, Johnson helps us stumble upon truth: "This must be what love is:// a pain so radiant/ it cuts through all others."

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