I read at washingtonpost.com recently that the percentage of adults that recalled reading one poem in the last year had dropped from 14% to 7% over the past ten years. I believe that reading this book could change the waning interest in poetry in this country.
Each poem is written with such attention to detail and verbal economy that the exchanging of even one word would lessen it. The poems taken together are a memoir of both a woman who is a victim of history and her own circumstances and the daughter trying to decipher it later from her own childhood memories and family photographs.
Overall, a sensitive depiction of a life lived as well as possible under the circumstances. A book written exceedingly well.
I'm grateful I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.