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Boston PhoenixCharles North's Cadenza continues his pursuit of what poetry can be. His poems are improbable and wholehearted engagements of a man's imagination with life and language, which, here, are presented as harmonious entities. While North adeptly commands life-giving language in an eight-line poem like "My Ship Has Sails," he is equally as adventurous with longer works like "Cadenza" and "Boul' Mich." His work displays a particular ability to turn on a dime, yet also allows a beautiful poem such as "Romantic Note" to remain that. There's nothing fussy or experimental here, just freestanding poems of original and exhilarating character, devoid of overbearing description.