, April 18, 2014
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There is a take-no-prisoners attitude in these poems. They are nearly all written in the first person, and most are preceded by an epigraph from the Guiness Book of World Records. The epigraphs tell us what, exactly, is strange about the person in the poem, without Lenox having to use her poem's lines to do this housekeeping. It's smart to have them here with the poems instead of in end-notes. Lenox treats each strange person with utmost respect and empathy. Each one, whether they were born with strangeness or took it upon themselves, is a member of the human family. This is a skillful, masterful book, and a pleasure to read.