Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu

Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu This collection is concerned with images and perception the intricacies and strangeness of human relationships Arlene Ang s language sometimes surreal challenges expectations

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  • Title: Seeing Birds in Church Is a Kind of Adieu
  • Author: Arlene Ang
  • ISBN: 9781907090066
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This collection is concerned with images and perception the intricacies and strangeness of human relationships Arlene Ang s language, sometimes surreal, challenges expectations.

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    1. Seeing Birds in Church is a Kind of Adieu deals chiefly with death and loss and bereavement. Some of the poems seem to set out to be playful or simply surreal but at some point in each one - if not from the get-go - you're reading about loss, which is no fun at all. Still, Ang has an imagination that gives her poetry great appeal despite its sometimes heavy burden. In most cases, the death/loss poems have to do with the death and/or dying of the mother, although sometimes it's someone else, a hu [...]

    2. If you're an avid reader of the prolific Arlene Ang, you could consider her use of vivid imagery a strength if not a kind of trademark. This strength is conspicuous in her fifth and latest collection, Seeing Birds in Church is a Kind of Adieu.The artistic object in miniature and numerous painting styles are often suggested by these poems. "Ant trails" is one of many that recall the still-life style that depicts decay, and thus causes the viewer to reflect on mortality. The ants "lead to the peac [...]

    3. I've been reading Arlene Ang's poems for a long time in numerous online journals, but this is the first collection I've read (her fifth!). It certainly won't be the last. I admire this book for many reasons, not least the startling freshness of image and metaphor. Some have called Ang's poems surreal. They don't see surreal to me anymore. Just beautiful. I was especially drawn to the Sonnenizios, but perhaps my favorite poem is "In Memoriam." It's hard to single out any one, however. They're ama [...]

    4. This is a fresh and remarkable work that explores relationships and perceptions with great imagination and finesse. Sometimes bold and always graceful, Ang's poems demonstrate her true mastery of the surreal.

    5. Some of my favorites in the collection: "Ducks release concentric circles," "Love Letter," "Dream Experiments Involving Polaroids," "Insomnia," "Hot tubs," "Mrs. D's Last Letter to Her Son," and whenever we see that ventriloquist. And love those sonnenizios!

    6. Online reviews:• By Moira Richards on Arsenic Lobster: arseniclobstergere/1rev• By Lynn Levin on Rattle: rattle/blog/2010/08/seeing• By Howard Giskin on Stride Magazine: stridemagazine/Strid• By Thomas Fink on Otoliths: the-otolith/2010/• By Alison Gibbs on Eyewear: toddswift/2011/01• By David Morley on Magma/Warwick Blogs: blogs.warwick/morleyd/

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