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Like all relations, the extended family portrayed in this collection of poems has its odd-balls and know-it-alls, hussies and historians, sparring spouses and model marriages. More than anything, this family loves gossip. Fred Chappell portrays its members in a series of character sketches.
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Fred Chappell 's many books of poetry include Spring Garden, The World Between the Eyes, Midquest, and Source. He is also the author of eight novels. A recipient of the Bollingen Prize and the Aiken Taylor Prize, Chappell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Susan.From Booklist:
Light verse seldom comes much better than these snapshots in rhyme. Their occasion seems to be a family reunion, during which everyone wanders about getting reacquainted while trying to keep faces straight and tongues civil. Of course, the poet has the "camera," and even if he lets it be turned on him in "The Traitor," he has the last image. Here's Uncle Einar, whose way with gold, both minted and coiffed on the heads of young women, has enriched his wife; she explains in "Aunt Wilma Reveals Her Cunning Design." Here's a dual portrait of swishy cousin Willoughby and manly cousin Burke, who despise one another, though one does so on the basis of a "Mistaken Premise." Here's the family "Photographer," who "makes us look as scary / As old woodcuts in a bestiary," rather like her poem-scribbling kinsman. Tender yet guarded gazes at eight-year-old Elizabeth open and close this poem-gallery that amuses as much as Masters' Spoon River Anthology, though it is far less mordant and far funnier. Ray Olson
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