For the comfort of automated phrases

Posted by Kelly on June 20, 2013

Cover of For the Comfort of Automated Phrases

Jane Cassady.  For the Comfort of Automated Phrases. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012. Paperback. 73p. $14.95. 978-1-937420-17-8. 

This collection of poems could steal the heart of even the most ardent poetry hater.  From the first poem, “For Those About to Plan Weddings, We Salute You,” to the last, “To Amy and the Rained-Out Science Carnival,” Cassady proclaims her love for a broad and generous array of people, places, things, and events.

There are love poems to whole cities and life events both major and minor.  Poems of longing and wistful remembrance share the pages with poems about pop culture and board games and are jostled by celebratory shouts for the reader’s attention.

The poet invites the reader along on her road trip through Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  She writes poems to strangers, to friends, to the old cell phone that she just can’t part with.  She casts her net wide and the result is a mix of poems that give the reader a sense of what it’s like to live with open eyes and an open heart.

Recommended for all collections.
Reviewer: Sarah Corvene

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Categories: Adult,Nonfiction,Poetry

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