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Blue Rose

Blue Rose by Carol Muske-Dukes
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Apr 03, 2018 | 80 Pages
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“Muske-Dukes writes with piercing clarity about both current events and personal struggles . . .the intensity of these poems – which seek to know more about the lives of others and our world – is difficult to forget.”The Washington Post
 
“This book is the culmination of a lifetime of poetry writing and acquired wisdom.  The poetry is at the highest level but it’s also about daily life:  poetry as life story . . . the overriding theme is learning to be who you are in a world of massive possibility.” – Michael Silverblatt, “Bookworm”

“Muske-Dukes’s skill in these poems is her ability to ground her public and private concerns so firmly in compelling images, graceful allusion and lyrical cadence . . . her poems are an active resistance to erasure; they elevate, explore and elegize the experience of women who have already been erased by circumstance, society, and history.” – Lorna Knowles Blake, The Hudson Review

“A kaleidoscopic work, both politically charged and personal.  Family events, feminist celebrations and activist struggles have a transcendental element.” – Carol Rumens, The Guardian

“Poems of keen attunement . . . Muske-Dukes wields a finely calibrated matter-of-factness shot through with frissons of wonder as she reports on the shifting elements of dark and light in everyday moments, and tracks the physics of feeling – attraction and repulsion, chaos and sudden, rare, fleeting clarity.” –Donna Seaman, ALA Booklist

“A beautiful book . . . with its theme of life’s fierce tenacity . . . Because of a keen intelligence, [Muske-Dukes’s] portrayals are neither sentimental nor occasions for protest.  Instead they are colorful, accurate, and strikingly alive.” –Grace Schulman, New York Journal of Books

“Scathing intelligence and an open heart: the most difficult combination in the world, and bountifully manifest on every page. In the birth room, at the death bed, beneath the falling ash of a California wildfire, before the whole, hurt spectacle of an imperiled and beloved world, these poems remind us what it’s truly like to see and feel. And oh, the achieved musicianship: every image and abutment, every syllable and turn of diction earns its place in the cadence of the whole. These poems arrive like a life line.”  –Linda Gregerson

“Much of Muske-Dukes’s verse kneads at the hardships of womanhood . . . nearly every poem heaves with grief or torment or even, at times, profound love.” –Caitlin Youngquist, The Paris Review

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