The Blaineville Testament

The Blaineville Testament

by Sydney Lea

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Although these story poems of rural New England life may call to mind those of Robert Frost and Donald Hall, Lea's voice is assuredly his own in this remarkable book. Character, setting, and action are wrought through a sinewy verse line featuring diction that is plain but not austere or dull and stanzaic forms in which the poet makes resourceful use of slant rhyme, concentrating with rhythmic tension the overall narrative flow. The shorter poems generally tell a revelatory incident or sketch a character with force, economy, and precision. The two longer offerings, ``The Feud'' and the title poem, tours de force of dramatic development, both carry the reader to a powerful conclusion. One of this year's best books of poetry, it should delight most readers, including those who ``don't like poetry.''-- Frank J. Lep kowski, Oakland Univ., Rochester, Mich.

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