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I am so jealous! I wanted to write these poems, and Ms. Madison beat me to it!
These are thought provoking, and beautiful, and poems I will read again and again.
On the first read through, the two that hit a responsive chord with me were Baptized and Gone. Okay, it was more like hit me with a 2 x 4 between the eyeballs--"I knew at that moment we both had been / Baptized." Wow! The perfect ending to a beautiful poem.
"I wonder if you'll miss me when I'm gone, /... " how often have we asked that question, if not out loud, at least in our hearts? Madison gives a stunning answer of her own.
The language of these poems sings. The songs are beautiful, are sad, are happy. They will make you weep; they will make you smile. They will leave you wanting more, and wondering when the next book will come out.
I admit, I did not just read these poems; I devoured them, a starving woman at the table of plenty. I haven't done that since the last time I read Erica Jong. I will read these poems again, and take my time, and chew each morsel carefully to extract all the flavor, all the meat, all the wonderful goodness.