Saturday, May 01, 2010

Immortal Sofa by Maura Stanton

Immortal Sofa is another book by Maura Stanton that I am disappointed by. It is better than Life Among the Trolls but is not as good as Snow on Snow or Cries of Swimmers. There were some good poems in the book, but there were a lot of poems that I didn't like that much. I don't like Stanton's formal poetry. It seems like I am always seeing Stanton's prose poems (which are great) published in literary magazines, but I haven't seen any of them published in any of her books that I've read (I think I read four out of six of her poetry books). Stanton also had some tributes to her cats, and although very sweet, they did not reach the quality of her other poems. I hate to say it, because I love cats, but pets and kids are one of those subjects that the poem has to be extraordinary to overcome the subject matter.

I think I just have appreciate that her first two books are wonderful, and to stop comparing them to her other books. I own her two other poetry books and will probably be reading them soon, just in case they end up being as great as her first two. I can't wait to find out.

My favorites from this book:

Stare-e-o Vision Postcards

Nineteenth Century Animals

Pride and Prejudice: the Game

Ode to Pokeweed

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