Thom Geier
April 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

We gave it a B

In her first collection, Halflife, Slate‘s culture editor addresses the shrugged-off innocence of teenhood, Vanishing Twin Syndrome, and post-9/11 society.

Sample Verse
”…upstairs the smallest stir/as they sleep, eyelashes like/tiny whips against their cheeks.”

Bottom Line
As in that last line, from a poem titled ”War Lullaby,” Meghan O’Rourke’s promising debut manages to inflect even benign images with darker subtext.

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