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New works by poets Jennifer Moxley, Judy Halebsky, Saeed Jones
New works by poets Jennifer Moxley, Judy Halebsky, Saeed Jones

Jennifer Moxley's earnest and introspective new poems feel almost like personal essays: They take up questions that vex her in daily life, then try to explain why they won't go away. Why do "life and death insights / in the classroom / vanish / when pedaling home / with thoughts of food"? Why does Moxley, or other childless adults, find that "the longing for something to protect / ties us up with useless sorrow"? Why does the poet — who teaches at the University of Maine, an hour from the Atlantic — experience "uncanny sadness" on returning to San Diego, where she grew up? Her answers are tentative and not always surprising: It's her...

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