Saturday, June 26, 2010

driving the body back

driving the body back, poems by Mary Swander.

I thoroughly enjoyed this evocative book of narrative poems, which catalog the lives of "Jim, George, Julia, Phil, Nell, Maud, Doc, Ed, and Grandma," relatives (real, fictional?) of the poet. The poems portrayed the prickley personalities of these people, their relationships with others, and the rural/farm/small town landscape they lived in. The word portraits made me think of the Depression era and stories my grandparents told of life on the farm. I recommend this book, even if you're not a poetry fan, because the pictures it paints are so real.

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