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Book by Suzanne Matson.
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Matson's specialty is writing about strangers: a woman selling flowers on a railroad platform, a toddler whose destitute father swats her in a bus station, a heavyset Italian boy playing ball. The shadowy figures who inhabit these poems are as unfamiliar to the speaker as they are to the reader, but the poet's deft eye catches them mid-stride at the moment of decision, resulting in poems that are wholly accessible. Everyone is in flux here--boating, walking, driving, carried in a bus or train. Such movement might be fatal, but at least we didn't just sit there, Matson ( Sea Level ) implies; we did something with our lives. Even the speaker with nothing to do but wait is "padding around the room, checking the mirror again." A sense of overpowering doom spreads through this volume, whether it involves three boys lost at sea or a POW bracelet the speaker wore for a boy whose name she can't remember. Interspersed with such loss is a kaleidoscope of possibilities, epitomized by the wedding couple presumably looking forward to the rest of their lives. The overall impression is one of intimacy, poet and reader taking a long, hard look, as if the Other were a constant mirror.
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Almost To Social Hill
Househunting Afer A Quarrel
It Was When
Mrs. Child On The Dangers Of Travel
North End, Boston
Waiting For You
The Waters At Lisdoonvarna
The Wreck Of Days 1
The Wreck Of Days 2
The Wreck Of Days 3
The Wreck Of Days 4
The Wreck Of Days 5
The Wreck Of Days 6
The Wreck Of Days 7
The Wreck Of Days 8
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®
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Book Description Alice James Books, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. New and in shrink wrap. Seller Inventory # mon0000099574
Book Description Alice James Books, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1882295005
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