Autumn Eros and Other Poems

Autumn Eros and Other Poems

by Mary Kinzie

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Kinzie's fourth collection is a series of meditations on family, with special emphasis on a woman's experience of giving birth and her relationship with her new child. Kinzie shows remarkable technical skill in a variety of forms, including sturdy blank verse (``Autumn Eros''), disciplined free verse (``L'Estate''), pentameter couplets (``Eld''), and tight stanzaic forms with strict rhyme schemes (``Sparrows,'' ``Sound Waves''). The superb poem on the birth of her child (``Angel Food'') amalgamates William Carlos Williams's ``variable foot'' and terza rima . Kinzie's style tends toward baroque articulation--often quite grand and marvelous, at times dark, even opaque. The sense one has at the end, of having been shown a few too many baby pictures by an earnest, proud, worried parent, is accompanied by admiration for the sheer poetry of this virtuoso performance. Highly recommended.-- Frank J. Lepkowski, Oakland Univ., Rochester, Mich.

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