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Book Summary: Swimming the Mirror

Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter by Brad Buchanan

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

Most poems involving children are hopelessly sentimental, but Brad Buchanan's poems depict the full range of parental experience: from hope and pride to fear and frustration. He does it all through vivid imagery, as in these lines from "The Feral Child": "The womb has produced these faint traces of wolf: / dark hair on the tailbone, and fuzz on her elfin, / elephant's ears." Through his words, he captures his daughter's first days with an intimacy not possible in photographs.

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