Union by Don Share

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Union, Don Share's first collection of poems, is comprised of unsympathetic portraits from Share's life. Unflinchingly severe and brutally honest, Share's poems consider the experience of divorce, among a host of other subjects. Ironically, though, the poems escape being confessional and are startlingly removed from their author to allow a warmer invitation to the reader to enter them and share in their meaning and, again paradoxically, beauty. Share's prosody is driven by his subjects and often acts as an invisible brace holding up these narrations, meditations and lyrics. For all of its darkness, however, Union refuses to be bleak and one leaves this wonderful collection feeling starkly human.

About Don Share

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Don Share is a poet and the author, editor, or translator of numerous books. Christian Wiman is the author of three books of poetry and a volume of essays. Together they edit Poetry magazine. 
Published December 1, 2002 by Zoo Press. 60 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“God knows I’ve had my fill of wistful Jews, starting with myself.” Chabon, starting with himself as writers should, seems determined in “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” to stave off wistfulness by any means, even if it requires him to turn the story of the endless, endemic disappointment of the J...

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(Gallagher ignores a different interpretation of the Union war effort, emanating from neo-Confederates and the libertarian right, which portrays Lincoln as a tyrant who presided over the destruction of American freedom through creation of the leviathan national state, not to mention the dreaded i...

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McFeely's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Grant: A Biography" (1981) ushered in the modern era of Grant scholarship, but its still-critical take on Grant's generalship sparked a flurry of responses trending toward hagiography.

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When you first meet Lucy, played with bracing forthrightness by Mira Sorvino in Nancy Savoca's Union Square, well, let's just say she can only grow on you.

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New York Magazine

If you should ever have the good fortune to match wits with me in a game of chess—and if so, let me congratulate you here in advance on what will surely be one of the more confidence-boosting episodes of your life—you’ll find that, as soon as we’ve exchanged our rooks and bishops and knights, and...

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