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Unrest
Rawson, Joanna
Adult Nonfiction PS3618.A97 U57 2009

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"You will hold to a faith absurd in its forgiveness of God./ I will blind the eye of my beholder." In this new volume, award-winning poet Rawson (Quarry) doesn't turn a blind eye; even the removal of a tree is cause for unrest. Yet in the world in which these poems live, in which we all reside, there are more serious upheavals: the first female suicide bomber in Baghdad; a boxcar of immigrants, forgotten for months; bombers strafing a nearby field-all kill-boxes of the modern world. In a series of long, lyric-narrative poems, Rawson uses lines built of equally extended and sometimes fragmented images to create a conceit that links the narrator's garden and the unruly beauty of crows with global mayhem: "when one of us twitches the/ others' nerves detonate." Rawson makes liberal use of the popular vernacular-words like blowback, incursion, insurgency, occupation, and kill-box that have become common-and like all of us wonders what to do about this ceaseless hot static everywhere. Verdict This is sometimes difficult material but worth the effort.-Karla Huston, Appleton Arts Ctr., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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