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11/12/2015

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Peter Bellis

What I like about all three poems is that they posses a narrative tension bubbling now below the surface, then above, then below again. I am reminded of Hemingway's (and Gertrude Stein's) dictum: 'Less is more.' Hemingway, of course, believed that the words on the page represented only 10 percent of the story that was being told, but the reader had to feel like they were getting the full 100 percent. You get the sense with these poems (I would almost call them lyrical short stories)that there is in fact that 90 percent below the surface. They are as powerful in their overall effect as the shortest story Hemingway ever wrote, a story that was only six words long: "Baby shoes for sale. Never used."

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