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Wild With It

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Rural American ecstasies, religious litanies loosely modeled on psalms, the joys and anxieties of gestation and motherhood, and erotic fulfillment all find voice in the winning, sometimes ingenuous poems of Aliki Barnstone's Wild with It. Barnstone's locales range from Greece to Manhattan to the rural Midwest, her forms from Whitmanesque free verse to a well-turned ghazal; the prolific poet, translator and anthologist (Madly in Love; Voices of Light) does best when she explores all her subjects at once, considering sex during pregnancy, for example, or offering "passion in a flame dress,/ caress of silk falling away."   (Publisher's Weekly)

 

About Wild With It:

"Stick with Aliki Barnstone. You will find her poetry is full of verbal extravagance, bare. She is wild with poetry, wild with honesty, wild with father and mother, husbands, lovers, wild with child. There is some question of whether her poetry can contain her. In this book she is captured by her gifts."
Stanley Moss

"Turn to 'Bathing Jesus'. This is an example of what I like in Aliki Barnstone's work. Passion; power; fearlessness. Read her!"
Gerald Stern

"In Wild With It Aliki Barnstone is in full bloom, silkily erotic, and radiantly intelligent."
Carolyn Kizer

"What razzmatazz! What brains! What beauty! Aliki Barnstone's poems are a delight, sexy and smart, coursing deeper than we might know to go. And there the poet unabashed! finds what poetry must do: 'push out the air and O of mystery from our throats.'"
Alan Michael Parker

 

The Drunken Boat Feature of Wild With It

 

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