Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ritual No. 3: For the Exorcism of Ghosts

Written by: Amanda Rachelle Warren

First line: My brother is a variegated trillium and I am dying of beauty.

Why you should read this book: Running through the poems in this chapbook is the knowledge of palpable loss: a much-loved body missing from the poet's life, its essence lingering, coloring tone and word choice. At times, the poet's longing focuses the language up to the sky; at times, it summons the Appalachian dialect of her youth. There is beauty in the tension between the author's desire to hold on to the memory of something beautiful and the need to progress beyond a finality that pursues her even as it ties her to her own history.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You've already successfully exorcised all your ghosts employing rituals no. 1 and 2.

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