California Sorrow 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… California Sorrow 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… 2007-09-25 Fiction Poetry Knopf
Book Review

California Sorrow (2007)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 25, 2007; Writer: Mary Kinzie; Genres: Fiction, Poetry; Publisher: Knopf

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.

Originally posted Nov 08, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints
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