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I first read this book shortly after it came out in a small hard back. I don't normally spring for pricey hardbacks, but for Atwood, well, lets just say I've never regretted it.
These poems are dark, well crafted, filled with beauty, history, and wisdom. While many of the poems are dark, they are never whiny or maudlin.
These poems take you from the Marsh Languages to Half-Hanged Mary - the story (true) of a woman who was hanged and lived to tell about it, to fireplaces and burned houses surrounded by many others. Attwood knows how to turn a phrase, to invoke an image, a smell, a life, with a minimum of words.
If you can find a copy of this book, I think you will enjoy it. It is, simply, a marvelous, beautiful collection of her poetry.