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First book of 108 contemporary poetry authored by Alice Shapiro is receiving rave reviews in the literary world. Cracked was nominated for a GAYA Award (Georgia Author of the Year) and "Usury" from Cracked was nominated for a 2010 Pushcart Prize.
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Cracked stings of the truthfulness or raw observation. Shapiro adventures through the glimpses of friends, strangers, nature, and the pain of those relationships. --B. L. Pawelek.
Alice Shapiro's poems in "Cracked" explore the complex relationships we have as humans to one another, and to the world. With strong images and gripping words, the poems in this book compel us to look at the ordinary and the extraordinary in our own lives. The eloquent use of metaphor in each poem leaves the reader wanting more, turning the page, to find wonderful creativity and surprises in language. The poetry in this collection, does indeed, bring the reader to examine the cracks of our inner and outer worlds. With precision and imagery, the poet finds the waiting spaces inside each of us. --Connie Post Livermore Poet Laureate
Reminded me somewhat of Seamus Heaney... --Edward Pell
There are one hundred nine poems in this volume and the book is a page turner. I found myself gulping down the words in each of her poems. I read through the volume so quickly, I had to slow myself down and go back and read again.... Cracked is not just an excellent read; it is an empowering, thoughtful and lyrical path of words leading us through a nuanced journey where the words direct light in just the right way. --Skye Leslie, The Smoking Poet
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These poems are short, staccato beats that crack open the heart.From the Back Cover:
Alice Shapiro's poems extend a calm and inviting hand but ready yourself. Cracked artfully guides us through some heavy-duty philosophical terrain disguised as what lies within the backyards, hospitals, and business meetings we feel secure inhabiting. But Shapiro's words are precision instruments that unsettle the eye, heart, and intellect, carrying past the familiar into the nuanced and unquestioned dark splendors that lurk until, "There, in front of us, these/sensate slants win us over/beyond awareness." Enjoy your journey! --Amy King Author of I'm the Man Who Loves You
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Book Description TotalRecall Publications, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1590958357
Book Description TotalRecall Publications, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1590958357