I bought the book because it had great a review in the NY Times, and I really liked her non-poetry book "Storm Tide." I don't know what to say about a collection of poetry. Personally, I really like Carl Sandberg and Gary Snyder. Fifty years ago I had friends that really liked the poems of Rainer Maria Rilke, but I could make no connection with them. That tells you something about my appreciation for poetry.
Piercy's 'The street that was' does connect with me. I too have returned to the Kansas City where I grew up and my memories can make find no familiarity in the places I knew then, just as the Detroit homes she remembers are not there now. I live near the East coast now. Growing up I never saw Wisteria. Now, as I hit these keys, it is starting to bloom. I like the shade of blue it displays. 'Wisteria can pull down a house' shows me why gardeners must constantly work and plan, and the garden plants may probably outlast the gardener. I read 'Why did the palace of excess have cockroaches?' and laugh. I think Piercy now has the correct view on the hedonistic 60's.
But the picture on the book jacket!?! I love books. I love libraries. P L E A S E ! someone tell me the picture on the jacket is a painting, or photoshopped. Please, this cannot be reality in Detroit today. Or perhaps it is the reality of Detroit as only art can reveal.
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: KNOPF US; 1 edition (15 April 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038535388X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385353885
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 22 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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