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Critics’ Reviews

“Jesse Ferguson’s vibrant poetry not only makes music, it is music: in this collection, poems resonate with one another as if they were part of the harmonic series. This book is structured by rhythms and echoes of rhythms, and forms that play upon those rhythms further (like the villanelle, sonnet, pantoum, and triolet). Throughout, ordinary things—rain, a struck match, utensils in the cutlery drawer—have the hum and rattle of magic. Here’s a poet who shows us how to put an ear to the world and listen.” ANNE SIMPSON

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