In Praise of Falling

The poems in this collection are the proverbial spring bulbs abandoned in the basement, growing toward a slim crack of sunlight They are both aware of the limitations of social structures and forcefully committed to breaking out of those traps, urging toward a better way of living The characters in these poems resist the twenty first century s prescription for a life ofThe poems in this collection are the proverbial spring bulbs abandoned in the basement, growing toward a slim crack of sunlight They are both aware of the limitations of social structures and forcefully committed to breaking out of those traps, urging toward a better way of living The characters in these poems resist the twenty first century s prescription for a life of emotional spiritual bankruptcy, reaching toward an ever elusive glimmer on the horizon.
In Praise of Falling The poems in this collection are the proverbial spring bulbs abandoned in the basement growing toward a slim crack of sunlight They are both aware of the limitations of social structures and forceful

  • Title: In Praise of Falling
  • Author: Cheryl Dumesnil
  • ISBN: 9780822960416
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “In Praise of Falling”

    1. There are 3 quotes on the back cover of this collection, all of them by weary people who have, it would seem, spent far too much time commenting on poetry and/or peddling academic b.s. I'll see if I can't do a little better - certainly the collection deserves better.There are 43 poems in this collection, half of them good; which is high for a debut chapbook. Perhaps none are absolutely spectacular, but Dumesnil's expression and thoughts are worth exposing oneself to. She has that knack for writi [...]

    2. Smart and accessible poems that are also graceful and seemingly effortless, though they obviously aren't--it's clear when you look closely how much craft went into their making. Her topics are wonderfully everyday--caring for children, renovating a house, remembering childhood--but also fresh and vivid and surprising.

    3. While the poet has a gift for looking at everyday miracles and leaving the reader with hope through darkness, I wasn't crazy about the smaller things in this collection. I wished for more of the father-daughter relationship poems. An alternate arrangement of the poems would have helped the way the reader took in the material as well. Not bad for a first collection, but not a favorite.

    4. I enjoyed this collection a great deal. I had this on my wish list for months after reading some of the author's work elsewhere, and had by then completely forgotten her personal background and it probably made for a more fascinating read; indeed, learning about the author through her most intimate memories.

    5. Loved studying how this collection played with the placement of poems. Very cohesive, careful work. The Hill is a favorite

    6. A beautiful collection - it goes in the pile of other books I've found randomly at the Pitt Press table at AWP and ended up really enjoying.

    7. Rating: 3 1/2There's an 'every-day people' quality to her writing. She doesn't come across as an ivy-walled intellectual or an elitist. I found a lot of pieces to be a bit boring, though not from lack of writing ability. There are a few stand-out poems, as follows:"Recurring" - an urban street scene"Somewhere in a Box Marked Keep" - about "looking for the words""Q to the 6 Train""Dark Magic" Both of these are related to romantic love.I leave you with this:It's just ash dusting the parking lot, l [...]

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