Twin Cities

Twin Cities A sophisticated and lyrical new collection from one of today s finest living poets Carol Muske Dukes is an acclaimed novelist and poet whose latest collection Sparrow a haunting elegy for her late h

  • Title: Twin Cities
  • Author: Carol Muske-Dukes
  • ISBN: 9780143119647
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Paperback
  • A sophisticated and lyrical new collection from one of today s finest living poets Carol Muske Dukes is an acclaimed novelist and poet whose latest collection, Sparrow, a haunting elegy for her late husband, was a finalist for the National Book Award Twin Cities is an emotionally rich book of poems about how things double by reflection, by reproduction, by severance TA sophisticated and lyrical new collection from one of today s finest living poets Carol Muske Dukes is an acclaimed novelist and poet whose latest collection, Sparrow, a haunting elegy for her late husband, was a finalist for the National Book Award Twin Cities is an emotionally rich book of poems about how things double by reflection, by reproduction, by severance The poems embark from the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul, divided by a legendary river, and move on to the parallel histories of a life lived and a life imagined and the random intersection of the two Lit by loss, these moving poems navigate between the poles of love and grief, curse and blessing, abandonment and rescue they are two, and they are one.

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    1. Carol Muske Dukes born in St Paul, Minnesota, in 1945 is an American poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and professor, and the former poet laureate of California 2008 2011 Her most recent book of poetry, Sparrow Random House, 2003 , chronicling the love and loss of Muske Dukes late husband, actor David Dukes, was a National Book Award finalist from

    2. A book of poetry that is almost decadent with doubles and binaries, Muske-Dukes work can be playful and yet a bit doir. Muske-Duske poetry here also does quite a bit with the the landscape, starting with the titular Twin Cities and moving all over the U.S. The book is divided into five sections, while all thematically similar, the last section does have such a profound shift in narrative voice that it is jarring to me as a reader even though I do enjoy the poems. While not the best collection I [...]

    3. Another collection of poetry read this April for National Poetry Month, Carol Muske Dukes' poems in "Twin Cities" explore some very heady imagery and feeling; beginning with Minneapolis and St. Paul, crossing the country to and from each coast, and across the world, Dukes explores the dichotomy of doubles, of mirrors; everything has two sides. These poems feel to me to be very full of emotion and scene, drawing us in with some really beautiful language, as the poet takes us to many different tim [...]

    4. All sorts of twins--Beauty and Peace, Art and Death--face off in this poppy, kinetic, sometimes paranoid variorum of a book. Tied metaphorically to its midwestern namesake, this collection embraces the personal and the public, traveling from New York to Iowa City to Tuscany to L.A. From found poems to sestinas to elegies for the poet's late husband (the actor David Dukes) to meditations on anomalies of widowhood, Twin Cities is a hymn to a distinctly contemporary brand of fragmentation. The doub [...]

    5. Several articulations of several points of divergence within a person, between two persons, and among persons in one compilation."Then the suddenTwin—how she stepped out of me, took everything—Then flung it back, whole, doubled, each time she turned& turned, absorbed in breath, her task of never looking back."

    6. I didn't find the first chapter very engaging however by the middle I was hooked and a lot of the poems stirred up wonder and empathy. I was very moved by a few and appreciated the simple language and diving into sorrow that didn't feel embellished.

    7. Dreary. I am beginning to consider a personal moratorium on books of poetry written by state poet laureates, as I find that these authors leave me seriously disenchanted with the state of contemporary poetry as a whole.

    8. Favorite poems - New York, Condolence Note: Los Angeles, River Road, Heroine, Crack the Whip, Widows, Home-Boys: Baby & Me, Parrot, The Army You Have, and Green River Cemetary.

    9. Hard to say exactly what I feel about this collection. It is divided into five sections and I found myself with very different reactions to these sections. Two, I loved (the second and last sections), one I liked a good bit (the first), and two that I felt were just not as strong as the others (third and fourth sections). In fact, the "Suttee Goddess" section, written as it is with a very different narrative voice from the others, simply didn't feel like it belonged in the collection at all to m [...]

    10. I think many of Muske-Dukes' poems are simply not to my taste, but one cannot deny she is a dazzling wordsmith. For a collection I didn't feel too strongly about, there are four or five poems I will never forget and one poem, "Scout," which is now one of my favorite poems ever written.

    11. Five sections: The Invention of Your Face, Acceleration, Pierce County, Suttee Goddess, and Scout. The four poems I noted are all in the latter section. Favorites:"Scout" - a dog"Stand-Up Delusions"

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