Ken Tucker
November 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

California Sorrow

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Mary Kinzie
publisher
Knopf
genre
Fiction, Poetry

We gave it a B+

Mary Kinzie explores the pleasures and irritants of aging (new eyeglass prescription; asking her daughter to pluck a hair from her chin) and imagines earlier poets’ lives in California Sorrow.

Sample Verse
”Eliot lived out his time in self-indulgence and / brusque shame toying / catlike with leftover words.”

Bottom Line
Her whimsy is precise: She places T.S. Elliot near an In-N-Out Burger.

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