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Notes to the Beloved

Notes to the Beloved

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Notes to The Beloved is full of the physical world, illuminated by a dynamic narrative sensibility, a vision of down-to-earth love, an active yearning to understand the world, and plenty of kick-ass images, metaphors, and similes: You make a matchstick of your finger, /dunk the tip in Bombshell Red./Then your lips are two flickers, /in the shadows of your ears, smoldering/ flowers. You draw a smoky line/ between lid and lash and dash out./ After reading this book not only did I understand the physical world in a more intimate and immediate way but I felt more a part of it. And what's more I wanted desperately to be the beloved, the other that an artist reaches for. Isn't this what we want from poetry? At least, isn't it one of the great desired experiences? To be turned around, made newer, have been blown up, by a collection of poems? To be like Johann Sebastian/on the banks of the Rhine, letting notes fill the rivers/of his hands, then turning back/to compose the world, /map the road/aright with song, so/we could keep time/like this, getting high?

Author: Michelle Bitting
Publisher: C&r Press
Published: 10/01/2017
Pages: 108
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.38lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.26d
ISBN: 9780983136231

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 04/15/2012
Kirkus Best Indie Books 12/15/2012 pg. 9

About the Author
Bitting, Michelle: - Michelle Bitting's first collection, GOOD FRIDAY KISS (C&R, 2008) won the DeNovo First Book Award. Her second collection, Notes To The Beloved (SPC, 2011) won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award and received a starred review from Kirkus. Her newest collections are THE COUPLE WHO FELL TO EARTH (C&R Press, 2016) and NOTES TO THE BELOVED (C&R Press, 2017). Poems have been published in the American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, The L.A. Weekly, diode, Linebreak, and The Paris-American, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is currently a PhD candidate in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She grew up in Los Angeles near the ocean.

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