Sympathetic Magic

Sympathetic Magic Amy Fleury s bewitching new collection of poems Sympathetic Magic unveils the everyday manifestations of sympathy as well as the connections wrought by sympathetic magic that indelible tether that b

  • Title: Sympathetic Magic
  • Author: Amy Fleury
  • ISBN: 9780809332243
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Amy Fleury s bewitching new collection of poems, Sympathetic Magic, unveils the everyday manifestations of sympathy as well as the connections wrought by sympathetic magic that indelible tether that binds people, places, and objects across time and distance Fleury s lyrics journey across the landscapes of childhood and old age, body and spirit, past and future, explorinAmy Fleury s bewitching new collection of poems, Sympathetic Magic, unveils the everyday manifestations of sympathy as well as the connections wrought by sympathetic magic that indelible tether that binds people, places, and objects across time and distance Fleury s lyrics journey across the landscapes of childhood and old age, body and spirit, past and future, exploring the boundless permutations of sympathy as it appears in the most surprising locations Connections reveal themselves in the aggressive silence of the small town or the round penmanship of a loved one, and echo throughout the solitude and regeneration of the forest as well as the antiseptic air of the hospital At the center of these travels lies the narrator, stretching her limbs from the heart of the heartland, her body a compass summoning us from all directions, emphasizing with tender simplicity that we all live under the self same moon, no matter the phase.

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    1. Good poetry does one of three things for me. First, it basks the mundane in the brightest of lights. Suddenly I can see all those things I'd never noticed before: the crevices of a freshly made sheet atop a bed, the creases within an outstretched hand, the hopelessness in a can of baked beans. Second, it tells a story. In a mere thirty or forty lines, the rhythm gives way to a tale some prose writers take 100,000 words to tell. Lastly, it moves me. A good poem has the power to reach my soul and [...]

    2. As the title poem announces, "Sometimes what is needed comes to hand." These poems are both needed and close at hand. Amy Fleury's voice is never overly intellectual, never too familiar. These poems are calm and contemplative, yet they bring necessary images to life, whether it is through the exploration of minutiae from a Kansas landscape like the "First Morel" or the touching encounter between father and daughter in "Ablution" or the perception of nuns and saints in their "Niches." It is great [...]

    3. So few of these poems reached me. So often the effort that went into alliterative and assonant word choices emerged, transparent and heavy. Sympathetic magic is calculated, unsubtle — but it is still magic. Or it should be.One piece, though, moved me. A few months ago after a class on book history I wound my way down to the city and spent ages in everyone's favorite secondhand bookstore, poring over the bodies of the store's elderly residents in search of clues about their creation, their live [...]

    4. I loved this collection, and definitely agree with one of the quotes on the back that says people who don't enjoy poetry could definitely enjoy this. The language is simple, the imagery you create especially in the nature poems is beautiful. I really enjoyed the read, thank you for the book.

    5. Clean, strong, elegant, and beautiful. The blurb from Kooser is right: These are poems for everyone, even dumb-head fiction writers.

    6. Stunning, in the actual sense of the word. After reading each poem, I was immobilized. Word choice, sound and rhythm impeccable, as always.

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