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The follow-up to her 2014 collection Sorrow Arrow (winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Poetry), Emily Kendal Frey’s volume LOVABILITY is a dialogue of social and interpersonal dynamics, as well as an exploration of the feelings of freedom and longing they produce. “Scourged the river bottom for my lost self”— she writes in the collection’s final poem, “I Became Less A The follow-up to her 2014 collection Sorrow Arrow (winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Poetry), Emily Kendal Frey’s volume LOVABILITY is a dialogue of social and interpersonal dynamics, as well as an exploration of the feelings of freedom and longing they produce. “Scourged the river bottom for my lost self”— she writes in the collection’s final poem, “I Became Less Acceptable to Those in Power”— “Brought them up/ Touched their face/ The armor/ Split and leaking light.” A professional counselor and teacher, Frey’s work in LOVABILITY uses direct, image-driven poems to name the world we are a part of, to listen in.


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The follow-up to her 2014 collection Sorrow Arrow (winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Poetry), Emily Kendal Frey’s volume LOVABILITY is a dialogue of social and interpersonal dynamics, as well as an exploration of the feelings of freedom and longing they produce. “Scourged the river bottom for my lost self”— she writes in the collection’s final poem, “I Became Less A The follow-up to her 2014 collection Sorrow Arrow (winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award for Poetry), Emily Kendal Frey’s volume LOVABILITY is a dialogue of social and interpersonal dynamics, as well as an exploration of the feelings of freedom and longing they produce. “Scourged the river bottom for my lost self”— she writes in the collection’s final poem, “I Became Less Acceptable to Those in Power”— “Brought them up/ Touched their face/ The armor/ Split and leaking light.” A professional counselor and teacher, Frey’s work in LOVABILITY uses direct, image-driven poems to name the world we are a part of, to listen in.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    The long-awaited follow-up to Sorrow Arrow doesn't disappoint. Frey is a master of balancing the vulnerable and the strong and that ability feels even more rigorous in her longer poems here (not to mention their long and bold titles). I also felt a strong emotional undertow in the poems regarding friendships and social constructs (gender, in particular, gets poked a few times with Frey's arrows). There's also a wonderful aura of playfulness and bawdiness that keeps you on your toes. A beautiful The long-awaited follow-up to Sorrow Arrow doesn't disappoint. Frey is a master of balancing the vulnerable and the strong and that ability feels even more rigorous in her longer poems here (not to mention their long and bold titles). I also felt a strong emotional undertow in the poems regarding friendships and social constructs (gender, in particular, gets poked a few times with Frey's arrows). There's also a wonderful aura of playfulness and bawdiness that keeps you on your toes. A beautiful book that was worth the wait.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    From "This Tendency is Now Familiar" When love ends someone has failed It's real failure A warrior in the grass Why do we say "It didn't work out" That seems athletic We should say something else Or be cinematically quiet (97)/ From "This Tendency is Now Familiar" When love ends someone has failed It's real failure A warrior in the grass Why do we say "It didn't work out" That seems athletic We should say something else Or be cinematically quiet (97)/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shilo

    "I hate when people have little brown notebooks / And first edition Bukowski poems / That kind of hope / Is intolerable" "I hate when people have little brown notebooks / And first edition Bukowski poems / That kind of hope / Is intolerable"

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