Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Foiled Again by J. Allyn Rosser

Rosser's third poetry collection, Foiled Again, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize and is her best book yet. The opening poem is a sonnet of "Fourteen Final Lines," which introduces the kinds of fun she has with forms, phrasing, and turning our assumptions on their heads. For those not used to reading poetry, this collection is a good one, because the poems are steeped in everyday objects and situations. For instance, there's "Letter to a Young Squirrel," which begins with "It's never about how many nuts, / though I'm not one to say it hurts / to have a trunkful, and a few / stashed underground."

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS3568 .O8466 F65 2007
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Rating: Highly Recommended

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