By Debora Greger
From the name poem:
pink as lifeless shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool--seed pearl
whose mom lusters over irritant love it's too overdue to dislodge;
little anemone, shrinking from contact. So and holds separate what it so much heavily binds.
"Ms. Greger's poems occur on the aspect of come upon among the brain and the realm of subject. . . . And it's the resistance of the genuine and the expanding urgency the poet feels in attempting to extinguish her solitude . . . that make those poems emotional."--The manhattan occasions booklet Review
Originally released in 1985.
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