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March 5, 2017 / barton smock

They Were Bears, by Sarah Marcus (Sundress Publications 2017) *review by Barton Smock

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THEY WERE BEARS, by Sarah Marcus (Sundress Publications, 2017)

review by Barton Smock

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Absence is not a magic trick. In this book, there are enterings and leavings and a loneliness that says I am home because I am here. In one wilderness, Cleveland is one big hospital (from No Children), in another, The boar closes the distance (from Damage Ready)

This book will do nothing to curb your addiction to trajectory. As for continuance, I wasn’t sure I could go on after reading the last line of the first poem. Marcus maps her land early.

You will question your body throughout. Body are you wanderer or are you deserter. Are you mouth or are you feast. Body have you devoured my eyesight. Every last bit?

Vastness is local. Ruin, a tourist. Pain a forward thinking journalist still covering the moon as made for man.

Bears are…

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