I is a Long Memoried Woman, Paperback

I is a Long Memoried Woman Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Karnak House
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780907015673



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I'm willing to call this book unique, but too many of the poems fell flat for me to really feel it's a must-read, or even necessarily a recommended read. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to readers interested in texts that deal with feminist issues and readings, but in the end I just feel that the book is trying too hard to proclaim the intent of its title. The ideas here often overtake either the language or the single poems here, and to the extent that I'm not sure many of the poems, if any, could really stand as strong poems on their own strength instead of by the collection's layout. It's not badly written, but the collection didn't leave me with any real feeling or attachment to either ideas or characters. It is what it is, but I don't know that it's effective. If you're immediately interested in what the book takes on (ie. its title), you might well find it worth a single read, but I wouldn't pick it up if you're simply interested in a new poet to explore or a work of strong poetry. There are a few poems here that may stay with me, but they're short, and outside of the book's primary intentions; they're also not strong enough to make me glad to read through the full work to find them.

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