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How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One by Stanley Fish
How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One

une.bete.rare, January 19, 2012

Stanley Fish's "How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One" is a thought-provoking read full of tips on how to improve one's writing by analyzing and deconstructing great sentences by famous writers. Not only is this book informative, it is also an impassioned love letter to the art of the sentence and to the magic of words. It has been helpful in improving my own writing, and it was a pleasure to read!
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The Last Nostalgia: Poems, 1982-1990 by Joe Bolton
The Last Nostalgia: Poems, 1982-1990

une.bete.rare, October 20, 2009

I was first introduced to the poetry of Joe Bolton during my freshman year of college in a creative writing class. My teacher handed the class two of his poems: "Style," which is a pairing of an Elizabethan sonnet and a Petrarchan sonnet, and "Alcohol," written in free verse. As I read these poems, I was struck with actual physical sensations, tangible and palpable feelings evoked by the sheer beauty and emotional purity of Bolton's language. I realized then that this is the marker of good poetry- it causes the reader to physically feel the words, the lines, the stanzas. Not only did Bolton create poems with powerful emotional resonance, but he also utilized traditional forms of metrical poetry to do so. Bolton's free verse is excellent, but his sonnets break my heart (in the best way possible). The restraints of rhyme and meter caused Bolton to write some of the most original, truthful, and truly beautiful lines of poetry I have ever encountered. Bolton committed suicide at age 28, and sadness permeates this entire anthology. However, with this in mind, it is important to say that the tone of sadness found in so many of these poems is not overly depressing to the reader; instead, the reader is left profoundly moved by the clarity, weight, and beauty of Bolton's words.
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