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Though I could do without all of the poems about writing poems barf and I would definitely rearrange the seuence so as to put some space between pieces about the same thing I really enjoyed this book Nothing flashy ust some solid observation and for the most part tight lines Pastan s voice keeps it pretty real which I dug although I can see why some readers would find the lack of poetic azz hands boring Another stellar collection of poetry by Pastan Although she dips into familiar territory alphabets Why the recurring use of alphabets she does break new ground by addressing old age September 11 and her childhood Her nature poems are pretty average but it is when she addresses paintings obscure news articles and the act of poetry itsel Pastan s work here ranges from the startling image to run of the mill word play and musings on life in art This could probably be said of most compilations of poetry but lucky for the read Linda Pastan s poems are so deceptive and that is one of the things I love best about them Their surfaces are calm seemingly simple and the emotions underneath that calm are so complex powerful deep I keep being amazed by that
Juxtaposition Over And Over over and over s true Pastan s subjects someone else mentioned this are traditional ones but they re traditional for a reason because people care about them because they re universal and she writes about them with such honesty clarity The bookstore I browse through on Main Street of my small town is decent for it s size And though the poetry section takes up a good portion of it I still always find myself wanting MORE It s central Vermont so there are shelves of the New England poets the modern writers who are taught in these parts Very little of color or the world outside of our national borders Even worse though is a lack of representation of the rest of American poetry the blue collar middle class versifiers I m sure this is common in most bookstores And I know how lucky I am to have than a few shelves to peruse Nothing against the shops themselvesSo after weeks of browsing through the poetry offerings I was surprised to find Linda Pastan there between Garrison Keiller and Walt Whitman I read a couple of random poems all of which knocked my socks off Or rather the lyrical and emotional intensity of the poems "I D READ HAD ME HOLDING MY BREATH FOR "d read had me holding my breath for of disturbing the cocoon of the poetic worlds before the Deceptively simple casually precise stylishly candid these are the earmarks of a Pastan poem Washington Post Her work is accessible in a good way intriguing and relevantPastan is a poet s poet but she is also a poet for the masses And this is exactly the kind of poet I feel like reading in today s confusing and often terrifying times Rattle Elegantly simple poemsHer verse is flecked with dry humor and moments of oyHer conciseness wit and housebound sensibilit. Linda Pastan writes the art that mattered was the life led fully stanza by swollen stanza That life is.
review ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ó Linda PastanCelebrating both the 48th and the 50th wedding anniversaries In the latter poem 50 years Pastan reflects on her own mortality and that of her husband In the earlier poem A Perilous Safety Anniversary Letter the poet reflects on the slow steady nature of her happily married lifeAnd so I mustlearn continuallyor we both must learnorwe both are learning stillthat passion is than a conflagrationIt can be a rageof coals each burningin the blackened gratewith no brief promisesof flame ust this slowand steady heatMany of the works in this collection are reflections on the art of poetry itself and its significance to Pastan s life One of the best of these poems is The life I didn t Lead Pastan imagines the adventurous life she might have had with ourneys to places such as life she might have had with ourneys to places such as Paris Belgium a life that might have included poems from time to time She puts these imagined lives to the side in favor of the life she led But the art that matteredwas the life led fullystanza by swollen stanzaA series of poems are about the seasons and months of the years Some of these poems are largely descriptive while others such as The Death of the Self suggest larger themes Although she is not a political poet Pastan addresses September 11 2001 Abu Ghraib and other topical subjects in a small number of poemsSeveral poems in the collection have dark undertones as Pastan reflects on mortality and on the human capability for evil With a little searching I found Pastan reading her poem Why are your Poems so Dark Pastan explains to her interlocutorWhen God demanded lighthe didn t banish darkness Then transforming the uestion into Why are you sad so
the poet replies the moonAsk what it has witnessed The final and title poem of the book A Rainy Country strikes the same melancholy theme as the poet uxtaposes the simple activities of life such as setting the breakfast table with the every day cruelties reported in the news and through history She concludes I am like the ueen of a rainy country powerless and grown old Another morningwith its uaint obligations newspaperbacon grease rattle of dishes and bonesueen of a Rainy Country is an introspective beautifully written collection of poems from late in the career of an important American poetRobin Friedman Linda Pastan has some wonderful poems in this book but much like the CDs of Britney Spears there are a couple hits and a lot of filler While "I appreciate the celebration of small moments in poetry sometimes the focus in "appreciate the celebration of small moments in poetry sometimes the focus in s poems is so small as to be inconseuential But when she s on she s on like in the gorgeous A Rainy Country and the charming I Married You She also tends to write poems about writing poetry a lot which I admit annoys me The fact that so many poets do this is evidence that poets need to get out Still Pastan does manage one of the best poetry poems I ve ever read Rereading Frost. To the surprises that come with age always with a consciousness of what is happening in the larger worl. Y earn comparisons to Emily Dickinson Pittsburgh City Paper This is another brilliant uiet collection from Linda Pastan While there is nothing particularly surprising or innovative here I say that as a compliment This is vintage Pastan and there s no reason to change the way you ferment a wine that s already robust and delicious One thing conceptually that seems to be happening here which I ve noticed in her other recent collections is that Pastan is growing older It s delightful to read how such a sensitive master of her craft deals with the common tropes of aging and impending death Two poems that speak to this process and how writing fits "INTO THE EUATION ARE REREADING FROST ALL I "the euation are Rereading Frost and All I To Say The title of the collection derives from its last poem A Rainy Country in which Pastan declaresI am the ueen of a rainy countrypowerless and grown old Another morningwith its uaint obligations newspaperbacon grease rattle of dishes and bonesThis is what I meant when I wrote that Pastan is confronting her mortality often in this collection But I disagree with her contention in the second line Pastan is not only NOT powerless this collection and her newest find Pastan still at the pinnacle of artistic powers I am thankful she is still using them for good A friend sent me this book and though I don t often read entire volumes of poetry not at one go anyway I thoroughly enjoyed thisPastan has an easy clear style All of the poems are free verse as far as I can remember and the language is very straightforward Her poems on nature and weather and how the emotions are affected by these two were particularly appealing to me Ask The MoonLinda Pastan b 1932 served as the Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1991 1995 She lives in the suburbs of Washington DC and I have always been interested in her simply by virtue of geographical proximity She has a deserved national rather than merely local reputation for readers of poetry I have read some of Pastan s works before but this is my first review of her poems Pastan has published than 12 volumes of poetry including this relatively recent book ueen of a Rainy Country 2006 which consists of approximately 65 short poemsPastan s poems are simple restrained and concise Most of the poems are unrhymed in relatively short lines They are non academic and accessible Many of the poems have an autobiographical tone and celebrate on one level every day life domesticity love and the pleasures of life in a wooded peaceful almost rural communityThe poems in this book are divided into five sections and involve several broad themes The daughter of immigrants Pastan meditates upon her past and upon the lives of her parents in the early poems in this collection including A Tourist at Ellis Island Maiden Name and To my Imaginary SiblingsMarried love constitutes a second major theme of these poems as there are works. Portrayed here from memories of the poet's earliest childhood and the ambiguities of marriage and love.Often The Poet Replies