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From the Bones Out [Paperback]

Marisa de los Santos

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"My lover tells me I am like this place./ I tell him what I miss: the slap of leaves/ on skin and air that's like a damp embrace." The poems of this debut have a Cinderella-like innocence, transforming ugliness into beauty and waving the wand of well-crafted metaphor over all they encounter. The horrific suicide of a grandfather, a mother's cancer, the mourning for a stillborn child, the potential foreclosure of a neighbor's farm are all recounted with a refined clarity. Yet through it all, de los Santos manages to frame life's traumas with a voice that can seem borrowed from the Stage Manager in Our Town: "Some years/ were fair, but most were bad./ The taxes, worse than weevil, tried/ to take each dime she had." However, there are also poems, such as "Io's Gift," that evoke, through their subtlety and sensuality, the pleasures of the ever-changing consciousness of the female body: "I learned myself, bit/ by bit, or maybe I/ should say I dawned/ upon myself, a slow dawning." There are also glamorous poems, including "Supermodel," and "Perfect Dress," in which the poet indulges in herself as an object of perfect beauty: "Someone will murmur,/ `She is sublime,'/ will be precisely right, and I will step,/ with incandescent shoulders,/ into my perfect evening." In its worked simplicity, this is a first book that offers a formula of hope and clarity when confronting life's trials and tribulations. (Apr.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deft Grace June 26 2000
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Lightness and grace permeate the words in this book. Throughout, the reader can sense a warm heart and compassionate eye. A joy to read for observations on family, on history, on nostalgia, on desire...the poems create a beautiful presence and experience for the attentive reader. I thank the poet for her words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace, Lightness and Movement, too July 6 2000
By Victor Velasco - Published on Amazon.com
Octavio Paz said once that to read a poem is to let "words enter through our ears, appear before our eyes, disappear in contemplation." This is what Marissa de los Santos offered us. And in its various incarnations. In her poems, the writer also allows the words to enter our eyes, appear in contemplation and to never disappear from within.
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5.0 out of 5 stars from the bones out Sept. 24 2000
By Julianna Baggott - Published on Amazon.com
These are rare, beautiful poems. Her images breathtaking. I love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful elegance. June 7 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
What a lovely, beautifully written book. . . a real joy.
5.0 out of 5 stars great author Feb. 19 2013
By Margie O'Brien - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed her first two books and wanted to read her poetry. I like supporting fellow Hispanic women. I like poetry.

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