Waiting for the Messiah in Somerville, Mass.

Waiting for the Messiah in Somerville, Mass.

by Naomi Feigelson Chase

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Chase's first full-length book of poems covers familiar feminist terrain--attempts to redefine love and domesticity, to slough off bodily guilt and sexual shame, to come to terms with age: ``I can tell you now, I never expected this--/ to be old and ugly/ to turn away from the beach/ to struggle turning the lid of a jar/ my sex open and shut.'' From poems about saints and survivors of broken relationships to a dramatic monolog by a brutalized Cambodian, the topic here is pain endured. One good poem, ``Charlie Falls Where No One Can Follow,'' depicts the demise of an ill man from a comic/tragic viewpoint made wise by experience. Unfortunately, the potential force of many of these poems is sapped by a slack narrative line and a first-person staginess (``I see,'' ``I want,'' ``I like,'' ``I love''), and musings like ``Should I take a picture,/ make a sketch?/ Should I write a poem?'' will only tax the reader. For comprehensive poetry collections.-- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York

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