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Two-Headed Nightingale

Two-Headed Nightingale book cover
Shara Lessley
New Issues Press
2012

These poems describe the outside world with a luminous grasp of detail, clarity, connection. Soon enough in every poem it seems the external world is giving way to a subtle interior of feeling and nuance. What is surprising is the command of language and music in which this occurs, and the sheer precision of both. There are pleasures on every page here, making this one of the best debut collections I have read.–Eavan Boland