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Susan Glickman.

Montreal, Vehicule Press, c1983.
62pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-919890-504.

Reviewed by Donalee Moulton-Barrett.

Volume 12 Number 3
1984 May

If Complicity is an indication of Susan Glickman's talent, English Lit students a decade from now will be examining her every word in PhD theses by the dozen.

Glickman has the amazing ability to take universally painful themes like loneliness, poverty, war, and death and turn them into lullabies. Like these lines from "Grace:" I drink this wine to you, my hungry brothers./For what we are about to receive/may we be grateful.

Two techniques, in particular, help Glickman turn poetry into melody: her images and her effective repetition of words. She juxtaposes the most unusual images and sounds to achieve a most unusual, but dramatic and coherent, effect. Picture these: "dark jazz," "tracks of white on white," "roar and suck of surf," "skim milk afternoon." These images are evocative, original, and meaningful, like Glickman's work as a whole.

Each poem is individually crafted, and while similar themes run throughout the collection, style tone, imagery, and form are refreshingly varied from poem to poem. But the overall result is not lightweight fluff. Glickman has something important to say and she says it, precisely. Like all good poets do.

Donalee Moulton-Barrett, Halifax, NS.
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