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Curses and Wishes: Poems by Carl Adamshick
Curses and Wishes: Poems

Casey Twining, January 22, 2012

Adamshick has a veteran poet's eye, and the ease. His poems are rooted in small, discrete movements within the lines themselves, transitioning and adjusting so tactfully and seamlessly you would swear he was a bird in his last life, or the glossed surface of leaf. The checklist is present: metaphor, personification, mood, meaning-the stuff of poetry. Where the poem rolls, how it leaps, falls, opens and closes right in front of you is less clear. His poetry is a little like Portland in this way, glorious in the light of day, but quietly rooting around...nameless, a little tilted to the side, wearing its hard-won knowledge under a thick rubber jacket. "Curses and Wishes" is exactly what it feels like it should be: surrender and repair; surrender to your darker self, and an olive branch into those depths. The fact that the book was chosen for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets is not too shabby either, if you are into that sort of thing, however the poems speak for themselves. Wouldn't you like to know how the graceful half lives? Take an afternoon and touch these pages, read these words, and find out.
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