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Friendly Fire, Katrina Roberts cycle of fifty—two sonnets, proves the durability and flexibility of the lyric today. A taut narrative scaffolding supports Roberts brief, searing meditations on family, farm labor, friendship, illness, parenting. Colloquial language lends verve. Literal images evoke the texture of farm life. Roberts explores abstraction ( Forgiveness ) with apt metaphor: I shelter the grudge, build / a rustic cabin for it in my chest, pound rusty nails / in to anchor a porch where I sit glaring. At the close of Malignant, the narrator asks a timeless question: what lies in wait for us? Read Friendly Fire for Roberts sensual and wise rendering of the here and now.