Dark. Sweet.: New & Selected Poems
by Linda Hogan

Coffee House Press, 2014. ISBN 978-1-566-89351-0.
Reviewed by Khadijah A.
Posted on 12/18/2015


Linda Hogan's Dark.Sweet.: New and Selected Poems reminds me of the forest I walk in every evening. I walk to listen; I walk to feel; I walk to see what's new since the day before and what has remained the same. These are much the same reasons I pick up this anthology from next to my rocking chair and browse through it. Hogan has a connection to the world around her, as well as the worlds within, that shines through in every poem, and this is what speaks to me like the forest. Her words make me feel, raising an echo in my heart and memory more often than not. They invite me to see what's new—things that she has experienced and felt that I have not—while at the same time reminding me of what we share as humans, as women, as poets, as people walking this earth together, and how the past still exists, layered under the immediacy of day to day.

I have a feeling that Dark. Sweet. will be a daily companion for me for some time and look forward to each and every visit I will have in its pages.

A major American writer and the recipient of the 2007 Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, Linda Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, teacher, and activist who has spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Colorado. Her fiction has garnered many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination and her poetry collections have received the American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. A volunteer and consultant for wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species programs, Hogan has also published essays with the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. Visit her website.

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