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Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Ambrose, Patterson

I don’t know how representative of the rest of Ambrose’s work these two chapters are but I found them incredibly cheesy and not very well written. The part in the first chapter, “and what the men thought was what counted. / That, and their friendship.” Reminded me of a bad joke from a preteen movie. […]

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To See the Queen – Patterson

One of the aspects of this poetry collection that I am interested in is how the volume works as a whole. The first section, Liliana, seems to focus on the youth and childhood of the narrator with its commonality being the presence of “the figment,” God, and a character titles “Liliana.” In the section Geography […]

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To See the Queen

I am not exactly a poetry connoisseur, but I have to say that Allison Seay’s work is really amazing to me. As a philosophy guru, I can really appreciate the metaphysical feel of her poems. She has an ability to pack different meanings, into one line or words in her poems, that convey a debate […]

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“To See The Queen”-Seay

I was taken back after reading the very first poem of Seay’s collection. It was something I hadn’t expected, but the lines, “I will tell her next I think that is one way of living: slipping off into some indistinguishable state of more and more snow,” connected with a personal feeling that I could never […]

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Allison Seay

Poetry has always been a dreaded subject of mine but after reading Allison Seay’s collection of poems, To See the Queen, I have never been more inspired. ‘Room of Held Breath’ was one of the many poems I could not help but read again and again. I must have read the collection in its entirety over […]

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Here’s a link to the Poetry Foundation’s biography on Allison Seay. At the bottom there are several recordings of her poems, all of which are included in the poetry collection.

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Here is a  longer link to an excerpt from Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

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