Brooke Herter James’ poems sing with the true spirit of the everyday. The poems in The Widest Eye move between showing the here-and-now and something more metaphysical and wonderfully elusive—that magic spirit which is love. It is a love of family, food, and animal; love of a world that is breathtaking; love which pulls the reader into each and every poem. The truth informing James’ work is conveyed in a style vibrating between acute imagery and lyrical dexterity. These are moving and fantastic poems. - Matthew Lippman, author of The New Year of Yellowfins, winner of the Kathyrn A. Morton Poetry Prize.
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