Milkweed. Mar. 2017. 88p. ISBN 9781571314734. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781571319296. POETRY
Whether she is detailing an abandoned sledding hill ("the days like an unused billboard"), a sycamore tree ("I barely creak/ in wind that raised and hung me/ out to dry"), or a missed meteor ("a gold star shook/ lose from blue firmament"), National Poetry Series winner Fagan (The Raft) is a tremendous scene setter. And the scenes she sets often effectively disclose tamped-down sorrow at the end of a relationship. Not surprisingly, then, hers is a landscape of snow and ice ("a detonation—/ then white everywhere"), yet we frequently meet, as if striding, her noble sycamores, attentively and variably rendered and even given speech: "When I was dead, one of the whiter/ sycamores who live on the river said,/ Kathy, why didn't you live in your body more?"
VERDICT A quiet, beautifully articulated work whose mood does not wear.

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