Posts by: Barbara Berman

Fragile Acts

Fragile Acts by Allan Peterson

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The cover of Allan Peterson’s Fragile Acts, in print and as eBook, is as visually compelling as the cover of Rebecca Lindenberg’s Love, An Index, the first poetry selection in McSweeney’s new series. The cloth binding of Fragile Acts is an inviting green, and the artwork is a sexually ambiguous back view of a person from the waist to almost the top of the head.

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Hammer and Landslide, an Exhilaration

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Watson’s skill here, as on so many pages, is to be accessible and kinetic while seeing something new in a common experience. Her sight is so unique, her inner editor so keen, that she brings a prismatic freshness to what eye and her “dogged heart” confront.

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