Give the Body Back: Poems

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In her passionate first book, Strickland explores the life of the female body and soul through the themes of motherhood, daughterhood, abortion, domestic violence, and sex. Often, the poems are moving and the writing is strong: "Desire is a rough dress/ glowing in the dark. Or it doesn't/ glow--but it never comes off." The book's title turns a line taken from this same poem--"the acts of love/ . . . they give the body back"--into an imperative that speaks for many of Strickland's women, whose bodies are not entirely their own: "the woman who tells me, tear it out,/ that tree of live wire crusting with seed pearls/ rooted in your blood." Unfortunately, too many of these poems address the same subjects and sound alike, giving the book the feel of an overworked MFA thesis. And Strickland's free verse can go slack--"Like a candle flame/ when the wind stops, her whisper/fills with lucidness." But there is promise here. Recommended.
- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The Afternoon: Van Gogh
Amphibian
The Artistry Of Girls: Poem For Nabokov, Carroll, Cornell
At Sea: For An Old Haitian Woman
Consort
Daughter, Twelve
End Of The Night
Exposure
First Couple
From The New World
Hospital (1)
Hospital (2)
Hospital (3)
How We Love Now
In April
Leaving
Listening To Tapes: Bessie Smith
Listing
Lives Of The Saints (1)
Lives Of The Saints (2)
Lives Of The Saints (3)
Living On Air (1)
Living On Air (2)
Living On Air (3)
Living On Air (4)
Love That Gives Us Ourselves: Muriel Rukeyser
Milk In Glass Bottles
Mother: Dressed Up
The Mute
My Mother's Body
Nasturtium
Negative
The Old Woman Said
The Oldes Inside
The Room She Darkened
Seeing A Medusa
Shadow
She Doesn't Care
The Subject: Girl, By Vermeer
Sweat
Use Of Icons
Visiting The Woods
When I Get There
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