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Posted December 30, 2008
Milk and Tides¿poems by Margaret Hasse. Margaret Hasse is an ecstatic mother and an ecstatic poet. She pays close and loving attention to the small details, the everyday revelations in raising children and making a family. Her son, wearing his Cub Scout uniform, ¿cups his hand / when he covers his heart / as if he protects / a red butterfly¿¿ When Hasse thinks of her son¿s birth mother, she wants to ¿lick him all over / with a cow¿s thick tongue, / to taste him and mark him as mine¿¿ Hasse watches her sons grow with a sense of stunned awe, while she also dreams of her own deceased mother ¿My mother strokes my hair, pulls / a strand behind my ear. I wake / to rain on the roof¿¿ Hasse accomplishes in Milk and Tides a form of telescope sleight of hand¿telling the whole story of her family and her arrival in surprised middle age, in a lively, funny, and wise book¿a book that is lit by joy. (Nodin Press, 76 pp. $16.00) Tim NolanWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.