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BrawlJagApril Bernard explores subjects ranging from childhood anger to adult grief from a museum of skulls to the West. In April Bernard's fifth collection the poems tend to be intimate and direct but it suffers from perhaps starting off on its best poem Anger which hits with a one two punch Bernard's diction is often startling but generally direct and collouial in syntax and rhythm although she does not veer into the prosaic Bernard's shifting between persona poems and personal lyrics do really help give variety to the poem the topics move around from Herzog in the jungle to the unlucky and bitter sixteenth century English ueen to brutal winter in old Russia Bernard has a gift for texture and color in this collection which helps the personal lyrics particularly in the second section of the book feel inhabited and less abstract Not a perfect collection but a solid one

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Ern movie genre By turns playful sorrowful and sharp edged Brawl and Jag stands as Bernard’s most personal an. I confess some bias since the poet is a mentor and dear friend but this is by any measure a thrilling and masterful book Haunting hilarious and surprising the poems embody and enliven moments of loss anger joy and rapture Many of them feel like ars poetica works that show us how and why the writing and reading of poems matters whether their subject is a homeless woman in NYC a Chekhov play or the night sky