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By Brenda Hillman

The poems in Brenda Hillman's new assortment, a spouse quantity to her fresh loss of life Tratates, provide a dynamic imaginative and prescient of a universe based at the tensions among gentle and darkish, lifestyles and non-existence, female and male, spirit and topic. trained partially through Gnostic options of the separate soul looking for its divine origins ("spirit held by way of matter"). This dualistic imaginative and prescient is forged in modern phrases and seeks answer of those tensions via attractiveness.

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