HOMECOMING by Julia Alvarez

What an amazing collection of poems! A few of the early ones kind of ran together but all of them are good and quite a few are magnificent. My favorites are the sonnets. They are wonderfully lyrical yet fully representative of the pain and uncertainty of modern life. I like how Alvarez manages to express sadness without cynicism and joy without sentimentality. Her views on love and sex are particularly refreshing considering all the tripe you hear about these subjects. Definitely want to read more by this author! 


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