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All-American Poem (Apr Honickman 1st Book Award) by Matthew Dickman
All-American Poem (Apr Honickman 1st Book Award)

Jessica Varin, September 24, 2009

Matthew Dickman’s All American Poem is the poetry collection I’ve been waiting for. It’s straight-forward without insulting my intelligence. It’s aware of the world. It’s accessable. It’s brilliantly written and boldly executed.

Dickman writes poetry that’s unpretentious and engaging. Place, pop-culture, lust, and love are just a few of the subjects taken on in this collection. Surprisingly, I was able to read several of Dickman’s multi-page poems back to back. The masters have yet to achieve this kind of harmony with my brain. Matthew Dickman writes the way I aspire to write.

This is contemporary poetry at it’s best. Read it.
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Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry by Sage Cohen
Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry

Jessica Varin, September 7, 2009

Writing the Life Poetic is a very comprehensive guide to life as a poet. In eighty short chapters, Sage Cohen breaks down everything from nurturing creativity to publishing. As a young, emerging poet, I appreciate the multiple writing prompts and advice included in each chapter. Sage Cohen covers technique with plenty of examples from established poets. This book was a good resource for both finding and creating new poetry. The cover is beautiful; the layout is accessible and exciting. I highly recommend this book to writers and poets at any stage in their writing.
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Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby
Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body

Jessica Varin, May 11, 2009

Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby have written a substantial (and hilarious) primer on how to accept,respect, and nurture your body. The authors are major advocates of pursuing health for it's own sake; they refuse to bow to the notion that thinness, joy, and beauty are equivocal. The ideas in this book shouldn't be revolutionary -- Harding and Kirby are simply convinced that, like thinner folks, fat people deserve dignity and respect. Well done and well worth reading.
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