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Posted January 19, 2002
Whoever wrote the Publishers Weekly review of this book needs to look for a new line of work. The poems in Byer's award-winning book stay in the mind and ear like few other contemporary poems. They carry both a native and an old-world resonance; the voice of the poem's speaker, Alma, resonates with terror, passion, joy, and despair as it makes its journey through the pages of this book. What IS originality if not the mysterious quality that causes a poem to remain singing in the mind long after it has been read? Obviously the Publishers Weekly reviewer did not read carefully enough. These are hardly free verse poems. Most of them are highly metrical, using a throbbing anapestic to carry the lyricism. There is even a villanelle. What else to say? Ignore the PW 'critic' and read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.