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In poems of quiet force, Geri Doran maps the fragility of human connection and the irreducible fact of grief. From the communal ruptures of Chechnya and Rwanda to the personal dislocations that attend great loss, Resin weighs frailty against responsibility, damage against the desires of the heart. For the poet, a factory fire in late-nineteenth-century Portland becomes a tool for precise knowing: "The phases of wood are a means / of dead reckoning: burn what is built / and gauge your passage / by what is lost." Even in so quotidian an act as the planting of potatoes, Doran's sure, meticulous, and carefully calibrated lines reveal the intensity of our yearnings: "What carried us from year to year was yield: / potatoes in, potatoes out, like rowing." Variously plaintive, passionate, intuitive, and serious, the voice in Resin tells how the natural world, in both its wildness and regularity, expresses and mediates human longing.

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colettejonopulos, December 20, 2009 (view all comments by colettejonopulos)
Geri Doran writes of haying, barns, and yields, and then delicately mentions a lover's skin. And always her images speak of the heart and its incessant search for human love, and for the unknowable Other. She uses words to become permeable in order to share her experiences. There is no hiding in Resin, only line after line of revelation. I will read it again tonight, and read it aloud to others.
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Doran, Geri
Louisiana State University Press
American - General
Poetry-A to Z
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