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The astonishingly high level of performance throughout this collection of poems would take almost any reader by surprise. Yet scattered among them are individual poems of such perfected skill (I’ve found a generous baker’s dozen at least) such vivacity, wit and intelligence -- exhibiting Dickinson’s cunning, Bishop’s carefulness -- that a reader is filled brim-full of gratitude. When Ms. Monsour describes night as awaiting “opulently eyed,” or an insect whose “strutting legs complexly climb the screen,” or announces that “The morning paper slaps the driveway’s face/ And brings the wincing blush of dawn...” we savor a skill to be relied on, a promise of stored and readied excellence. Description by Anthony Hecht
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California native Leslie Monsour was educated at Scripps College in Claremont, California, and the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she received her degree in English Literature. She has been a reference librarian at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, a news reporter for Pacifica Radio, and a research consultant for documentaries. She has also taught Spanish poetry at Florence Avenue Middle School in Los Angeles, and has been an instructor for the U.C.L.A. Extension Writers' Program. One of the most anthologized contemporary poets, her work has appeared in numerous journals, including The Birmingham Poetry Review, Hellas, The Lyric, Dark Horse, and Poetry. In 1998, Robert Barth published her collection, Earth's Beauty, Desire, & Loss, and, in 1999, Aralia Press at West Chester University published a letterpress edition of her poems, Indelibility.Review:
In their accessibility and craftsmanship, these are some of the finest poems in contemporary literature. -- Timothy Steele
The astonishingly high level of performance throughout this collection of poems would take almost any reader by surprise. -- Anthony Hecht
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Book Description Red Hen Press, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1597090069
Book Description Red Hen Press, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1597090069