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  • By C. E. Laine
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A Review by Susan Culver, Editor of Lily" The Poetry of Patricia Gomes A Review by Susan Culver, Editor of Lily In this collection of poetry, Patricia Gomes captures the full color spectrum of the human experience with a bit of grit and plenty of fresh, intriguing images. In one piece alone - Unpainted Cribs - she covers the subjects of the eccentricities of great writers, defines felines as Slant-eyed knowbots amassing data, touches on death, regrets and babies; circling through the line up as life often does, returning again to a seemingly simple question: shall I write, then, of cats? Time and time again, Patricia's work engages the reader, invites them along for the ride. From The Latest Style: In Answer to Your Letter, she writes: Belly shots are the thing now;/ can you imagine us doing that,/ baring our scars,/ our rolls, our/ mother-bellies for all to see? Exposed/ for all the world to gawk and point at/ it is very like poetry, don't you think? And in Memo from... More > Barnstable, Midsummer, she explains: The last time you were here/ I am not dwelling!/ it rained tadpole omens/ we chose to dispel./ I rediscovered them/ under the blue cardigan/ you left behind. Finally, there is again the grit; the lines of Patricia's work that she surely must have written with a strong, proud tilt of the chin, the lines that draw a similar tilt from the reader. Lines such as these, from Simple Truths En Pointe: Wrap me in angel's wings/ if there are such things,/ but know that I would pluck a feather,/ hide it in a tight fist/ to later test its authenticity. and from Rain and More Rain and Winds and More Rain: Let them imagine/ my eyes follow them/ around the pock-holed drawing room,/ as if I could be bothered,/ as if I cared enough,/ as if I ever/ gave a damn. From purses with too many compartments to dreams one wishes they remembered, Patricia tells the universal story of human spirit in her own, distinct way and the way is refreshing. It's the kind of poetry that leaves this reader nodding an enthusiastic yes.< Less
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Little Poem Press
September 22, 2005
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.2 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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