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Pretend the World

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  • Posted April 27, 2011


    I loved this book. The range of poems in the collection place the reader both solidly in the 'now' and the ethereal past - from musings on "The Effects of Loud Rock and Roll on an Unborn Fetus" to a grieving woman in 1920s Grand portage. There is an immediacy and fierceness in these lines that appealed to me as a mother and as a contemporary woman in uncertain times. A few poems struck me as lines drawn in the sand between mothers and war and the other senseless losses we are invariably bound by. In "Dresses Everywhere" three generations converge - grandmothers, who "couldn't be seen in pants" to the practical urban mother of a frill-and-lace-craving toddler, longing for the day her little girl will be safe in the armor of denim. These poems reminded me of the fiction of Helen Simpson in that they are ruminations of the daily and mundane, though richly mined, dug from the depths of womanhood with toothsome shovels.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    A Book That Belongs on Your "To-Read" Shelf!

    To pretend the world is to apprehend the world. This collection of poetry by Kathryn Kysar traces the thread of this apprehension through the experiences of childhood, young adulthood, motherhood, and beyond, from "The Effects of Loud Rock and Roll on an Unborn Fetus" to "Wichita Cockroaches", these poems celebrate the threads of belief that connect us to each other.

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    Posted February 23, 2011

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