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The Eight Frames Eight book jacket tells us that many of the poems in Judith Cody's book have won national awards and were also published in quality literary journals; so they have been well tested. The jacket also says that one of the poems is actually in the Smithsonian Institution, amazing! The book itself is quite well made with a very attractive cover and it is considerably longer than most other "slim" books of poems. The poems in this relevant book are perfectly crafted and depict so much of what is usually missing from other poetry: they speak about modern life, the struggles, the pain, and also the joy. Joy is often forgotten elsewhere, but not here; in one of the poems that deeply affected me, "Woman Magic," the poet uses the metaphor of giving birth as her tool for telling us how a woman can create not only life but the glorious life of the spirit and inner self. This is written with a tempo that "rocks" your socks off ; I have to say it is a poem that just had to be written and it sticks in your mind. A long poem, "Topics Over Tea," seems to be an intimate conversation with a lover on the ultimate meaning of life; it is like many of those talks we all had late in the night with someone we "clicked" with in a way that made us pour out every misgiving about why we were born. The book is beautifully illustrated with wonderful ink line drawings that have some of the same fine craftsmanship as the poems themselves. These are poems to read over and over again to family, friends and lovers as they are poems that will stand the test of time. I really think that Eight Frames Eight would also make a very meaningful gift book.