Allison Joseph, author of My Father's Kites, will be at Chapman University on November 9, 2010, so as soon as the copy is processed, I'll put it on reserve. The poetry is very inviting, often autobiographical, always vivid and candidly trustworthy. The second section is filled with sonnets, but that form doesn't impose itself, instead letting the little stories unfold about a father in sometimes unexpected syntax or diction--and about what losing a father might mean: "How memory holds on to guilt and shame, / the sting of words still making us unsure."
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Review submitted by: Anna Leahy, Associate Professor, English
Rating: Highly Recommended