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I Still Feel the Swirl
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Compass Rose Ellen M. Taylor 2015
Driftland Michael Macklin 2004
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Early Late Bloom Jim Mello 2007
ErosIon Nancy A. Henry 2004
Essays in All Directions Robert M. Chute 2007
Europe on $5 a Day Nancy A. Henry 2005
Evidence of Light Marita O'Neill 2005
Fancy Meeting You Here Alice N. Persons 2015
Faulty Wiring Bob MacLaughlin 2011
Feasting on Air Eva Miodownik Oppenheim 2015
Floating Ellen M. Taylor 2009
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HOME and Other Places Wil Gibson 2012
How Many Cars Have We Been Married? Ted Bookey, editor 2008 (see book detail)
Humming to Snails Ellen M. Taylor 2005
I Have Walked Through Many Lives Young Voices - Scarborough 2009
I Still Feel the Swirl Ruth Bookey 2017
Imminent Tribulations Kevin Sweeney 2016
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison Dr. Blaine McCormick 2005
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems Robin Merrill 2014
Language as a Second Language Ted Bookey 2004
Laundry and Stories Robin Merrill 2005
Life Class Ruth Bookey 2007
Lostalgia Ted Bookey 2007
Marengo Street Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel 2012
Museum Daniel Duff Plunkett 2016
My First Beatrice David Stankiewicz 2013
Never say Never Alice N. Persons 2004
Not Just Anybody Bruce Spang 2015
Nothing Is Real Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr. 2014
Observed From a Skin Boat John Holt Willey 2013
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems Edward J. Rielly 2007
Ordinary Time Kevin Sweeney 2009
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality Bruce Spang 2012
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties Brenda Shaw 2006
Radost, My Red Jeri Theriault 2016
Rags of Prayer Kevin Sweeney 2006
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer Jim Donnelly 2013
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SARX Nancy A. Henry 2010
Saving Nails Thomas R. Moore 2016
Sex, Death, and Baseball David Moreau 2004
Singing With the Dead Ted Thomas, Jr. 2007
Socks Jay C. Davis 2007
Sostenuto Karen Douglass 2006
Stable David R. Surette 2015
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta Ted Bookey 2012
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The Common Law James McKenna 2012
The Desire Line Michelle Lewis 2006
The Flame and the Fiction Darcy Shargo 2005
The Hard Way Jay C. Davis 2006
The Lawns of Lobstermen Douglas "Woody" Woodsum 2010
The Left Side of My Life Dana Robbins 2015
The Stream Don Moyer 2006
The Ur-Word Jim Glenn Thatcher 2008
The Widow From Lake Bled Kirby Wright 2013
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Traveling Through History Patrick Hicks 2005
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Unidentified Flying Odes Dennis Camire 2006
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Book Details

Life Class

Life Class

by Ruth Bookey – copyright 2007

ISBN 978-0-9796947-7-6

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Reviews for Life Class

by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim, poet, editor

Ruth Bookey's poems capture time and place with the sharp eye of a painter. Her recollections of a German childhood and the parents she loved are vivid, deeply felt, yet unsentimental and rich with wry humor. We get to know a loving father, and we follow a vibrant, dynamic mother into fragile old age. We feel the tensions of life in 1939 Berlin as experienced by a naive but trusting child. Bookey is an artist as well as poet. Her portrayal of the models in "Life Class" is closely observed, amusing yet poignant. She is also a master of the pantoum and sestina. In "Hip Music" she skillfully weaves a pantoum around her adolescent zeal for big bands all about "love and sex/yearning finding having losing." Her poems run the gamut from the darkness of wartime to the brilliant sunshine of spring in Maine.

Sample from Life Class

Feeling Spring

Same thing every year, we know that,
But it's always like it's the first time.
-- Erich Kastner



I drive,
listen
to you reading.

Suddenly I feel it,
sun's changed position.
It is higher in the sky,

light leans toward spring.
In spite of snow and ice
Spring's come
through the windshield.

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