03 October 2011

Famous; Kathleen Flenniken

Famous (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry)Famous by Kathleen Flenniken
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am really not a poetry person, so that this got four stars should really say something!

These are quiet poems about relatively mundane things - a Holiday Inn, for example, or the marriage bed; some are about semi-famous people (Mary Todd Lincoln). My favorite is "How to Read This Story to Your Children", which encapsulates what I think of when I read aloud.

It's a keeper, and perhaps even a book to be re-read sometime soon.

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