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Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame by Charles Bukowski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780876851913
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Published: Ecco - May 31st, 2002

I don't want to recommend this book, but feel I must; these poems are as intrinsic to life as breathing. Not every poem is a work of genius, and, honestly, some aren't even good, yet Bukowski's unfiltered humanity shows through in every one. He writes like a person, not an artist, something that sets him apart from the rest. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


Selected Poems of Langston Hughes: A Classic Collection of Poems by a Master of American Verse (Vintage Classics) by Langston Hughes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679728184
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 1990

A great entry into poetry. Hughes eloquently writes about race, religion, love, society, and simply living. Colored with beauty and humor, these poems are powerful, musical, and natural, a touchstone of American poetry. "Juliet" will forever be one of my favorite poems. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393341768
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 21st, 2019

Though infamous, there is more to this book than violence. There is beauty and humor, philosophy and music. Burgess has invented a completely original vernacular, lyrical and fascinating, whether dealing with cruelty, Beethoven, or fashion. As good (if not better) than its film adaptation. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


Collected Early Poems: 1950-1970 by Adrienne Rich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393313857
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 17th, 1995

One of my favorite poets wrapped up into one of my favorite books of poetry. This is a great journey into Rich's distinct voice, with a palpable sense of her life and mind unfolding over the course of 20 years. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


The Bone People: A Novel by Keri Hulme - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780140089226
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Published: Penguin Books - October 7th, 1986

Put simply, one of the most original books I have ever read. The Bone People is a book that takes issues usually viewed as black or white and paints them in varying shades of grey. A stunning amalgam of poetry, prose, and the most vivid imagery and narrative imaginable. ~ Reviewed by Nora Heffernan-Smith


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