By Debora Greger

ISBN-10: 0691611300

ISBN-13: 9780691611303

From the name poem:

Ampersand

pink as lifeless shrimp, the unborn curls in its tide pool--seed pearl

whose mom lusters over irritant love it's too past due to dislodge;

little anemone, shrinking from contact. So and holds separate what it so much heavily binds.

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"Ms. Greger's poems happen on the aspect of come across among the brain and the area of subject. . . . And it's the resistance of the true and the expanding urgency the poet feels in attempting to extinguish her solitude . . . that make those poems emotional."--The ny instances booklet Review

Originally released in 1985.

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