By Debora Greger
From the identify poem:
pink as useless shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool--seed pearl
whose mom lusters over irritant love it's too past due to dislodge;
little anemone, shrinking from contact. So and holds separate what it such a lot heavily binds.
"Ms. Greger's poems ensue on the element of stumble upon among the brain and the area of subject. . . . And it's the resistance of the genuine and the expanding urgency the poet feels in attempting to extinguish her solitude . . . that make those poems emotional."--The long island instances ebook Review
Originally released in 1985.
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