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Don't let the bland title fool you: in her second book, Brown cuts through pretension with a voice like a whip. Militantly lowbrow, she would rather be perverse than false: she is not one to avoid negative feelings. Her favorite topic is class (one poem takes on private school; another, domestic abuse)-not just the hypocrisy of the privileged but also the reverse snobbery of the underdog, for she is aware that the competition is waged from both sides. Her funniest poems are about work (she is employed as a public library manager in California): "I will guide you between worlds-take this-here it is-/But now I must go./Now there is someone else who needs/That stupid trashy book by a misguided author-freak that everyone's reading./Yes, we have it./I give it with no advice and no opinion." Her most affecting poems are about motherhood: "I/go back to the house that lets me take care of it,/unlike the boy who will not let me hug him." These poems engage because they depict human relations with a profound honesty. For all poetry collections.