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Besides her young-adult modernizations of classic literature—such as Jane and the recently released Catherine—April Linder has also made a name for herself in poetry. This particular poetry collection, This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, showcases her prowess in taking everyday life and, with a turn of phrase, provides haunting snapshots of the human condition.

Divided into three parts, the poems of This Bed Our Bodies Shaped—most of them free verse—take readers to the beach, to ancient cathedrals, and to seemingly mundane settings such as a backyard garden or a waiting room at a hospital. At times these poems are made up of physical descriptions, sometimes streams of consciousness; though whether she’s describing a fish tank in the waiting room with its “sapphire lappings” or the low tide at the beach that “unfurls / black and glistening, tipped with moon,” her vision is always observant, contemplative, engaging and eloquent, and can be savored for its lyricism as much as for its layers of meaning.

The themes Linder incorporates into her poems are universal as well as personal; experiences such as marriage, childbirth, puberty and other rites of passage that are familiar but also unique to the person involved. Some poems, such as “Presents for Girls,” imply that such milestones are planned out by societal notions of expected and acceptable behavior; for example, the presents meant to train young girls “To have a baby / not a baby doll, to have a husband / handsome as the Prince from Sleeping Beauty.” Seen in this light, these customs are part of “the lives we'd been rehearsing for,” a line which adds a sense of longing to this social commentary.

The combination of physical descriptions with symbols, motifs, and philosophical reflections provides a successful merging of the abstract and the tangible. Lindner is poetic without being too ornate; expressive and moving without being mawkish; and conveys meaning without being heavy-handed. Her style can be described as succinct, evocative, and insightful, and should appeal to fans of poets such as Billy Collins and Mary Oliver.

The final poem in the collection is “This Bed Our Bodies Shaped,” which brings the book full circle and ends on an intimate note, describing the loving familiarity of a marriage bed and the imprints left over the years. This collection begins and ends memorably, with vivid imagery that will remain in readers’ minds longer after they finish it. Whether you enjoy modernized classic lit or naturalistic poetry, April Lindner is an author worth reading.

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  • Publisher:Able Muse Press
  • File: 5.3 Mb
  • Ganre: Poetry
  • Release: 01.07.2012
  • ISBN: 9780987870599
  • Pages 81
  • Rating: 4.75 (8 votes)

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