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Janet gives an overview of the book:

"'What do you want?' Janet Holmes asks, and then answers: 'Patterns that make you utter/ surprise.' That's a good description of good poems: patterns of words whose utterance is an utter surprise. That's what we want from poems: surprise, discovery, a sense of irreducible verbal rightness. And that's what Janet Holmes gives us in this fine book." -- Michael McFee, Duke Magazine, November-December 1994 "Holmes's poems, like the physicist of the title piece ('having made doubt/ his particular art'), struggle with dichotomies.... The physicist holds fast to his doubt, but what's at stake for Holmes is faith--faith in its usual religious connotation and faith in the human ability to sustain love.... Holmes discovers the world in all its sensuality, rendering it brilliantly colored, exotic." -- Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review, Fall 1994
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"'What do you want?' Janet Holmes asks, and then answers: 'Patterns that make you utter/ surprise.' That's a good description of good poems: patterns of words whose utterance is an utter surprise. That's what we want from poems: surprise, discovery, a sense of irreducible verbal rightness. And that's what Janet Holmes gives us in this fine book." -- Michael McFee, Duke Magazine, November-December 1994

"Holmes's poems, like the physicist of the title piece ('having made doubt/ his particular art'), struggle with dichotomies.... The physicist holds fast to his doubt, but what's at stake for Holmes is faith--faith in its usual religious connotation and faith in the human ability to sustain love.... Holmes discovers the world in all its sensuality, rendering it brilliantly colored, exotic." -- Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review, Fall 1994

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"The Love of the Flesh" from this book was included in The Best American Poetry 1994, edited by Richard Howard.

About Janet

Author of The ms of m y kin (Shearsman), F2F, Humanophone, The Green Tuxedo (all U Notre Dame Pr), and The Physicist at the Mall (Anhinga). Editor, since 2000, of Ahsahta Press. Professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Boise...

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