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  1. 4 out of 5

    Särah Nour

    Besides her young-adult modernizations of classic literature—such as Jane and the recently released Catherine—April Linder has also made a name for herself in poetry. This particular poetry collection, This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, showcases her prowess in taking everyday life and, with a turn of phrase, provides haunting snapshots of the human condition. Divided into three parts, the poems of This Bed Our Bodies Shaped—most of them free verse—take readers to the beach, to ancient cathedrals, and t Besides her young-adult modernizations of classic literature—such as Jane and the recently released Catherine—April Linder has also made a name for herself in poetry. This particular poetry collection, This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, showcases her prowess in taking everyday life and, with a turn of phrase, provides haunting snapshots of the human condition. Divided into three parts, the poems of This Bed Our Bodies Shaped—most of them free verse—take readers to the beach, to ancient cathedrals, and to seemingly mundane settings such as a backyard garden or a waiting room at a hospital. At times these poems are made up of physical descriptions, sometimes streams of consciousness; though whether she’s describing a fish tank in the waiting room with its “sapphire lappings” or the low tide at the beach that “unfurls / black and glistening, tipped with moon,” her vision is always observant, contemplative, engaging and eloquent, and can be savored for its lyricism as much as for its layers of meaning. The themes Linder incorporates into her poems are universal as well as personal; experiences such as marriage, childbirth, puberty and other rites of passage that are familiar but also unique to the person involved. Some poems, such as “Presents for Girls,” imply that such milestones are planned out by societal notions of expected and acceptable behavior; for example, the presents meant to train young girls “To have a baby / not a baby doll, to have a husband / handsome as the Prince from Sleeping Beauty.” Seen in this light, these customs are part of “the lives we'd been rehearsing for,” a line which adds a sense of longing to this social commentary. The combination of physical descriptions with symbols, motifs, and philosophical reflections provides a successful merging of the abstract and the tangible. Lindner is poetic without being too ornate; expressive and moving without being mawkish; and conveys meaning without being heavy-handed. Her style can be described as succinct, evocative, and insightful, and should appeal to fans of poets such as Billy Collins and Mary Oliver. The final poem in the collection is “This Bed Our Bodies Shaped,” which brings the book full circle and ends on an intimate note, describing the loving familiarity of a marriage bed and the imprints left over the years. This collection begins and ends memorably, with vivid imagery that will remain in readers’ minds longer after they finish it. Whether you enjoy modernized classic lit or naturalistic poetry, April Lindner is an author worth reading. You can read this and other reviews at my blog: http://zeitgeistreviews.com/

  2. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    The sublimely intelligent and compassionate poems in April Lindner’s This Bed Our Bodies Shaped make this the kind of book that becomes your friend on a bedside table. Here is a poet you can always trust. She never sacrifices the complex layers of emotion for the simple treatise. In this slender volume Lindner follows the pilgrim’s progress of girl into woman into lover into mother into maturity in poems that both mark those thresholds and illuminate them with the brilliant specifics of a lived The sublimely intelligent and compassionate poems in April Lindner’s This Bed Our Bodies Shaped make this the kind of book that becomes your friend on a bedside table. Here is a poet you can always trust. She never sacrifices the complex layers of emotion for the simple treatise. In this slender volume Lindner follows the pilgrim’s progress of girl into woman into lover into mother into maturity in poems that both mark those thresholds and illuminate them with the brilliant specifics of a lived life. And she accomplishes all of this the precision of a practiced harpist on the huge gold instrument of craft. There is a muscular silkiness to the way April Lindner’s poems work. Reading them is like discerning a bicep through a transparent sleeve.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann Michael

    April Lindner's poems are well-crafted, but more than that, they often illuminate. Her focus on the contemporary--these poems are decidedly of our time in their settings and details--doesn't keep her from examining the "universals" such as relationships between beloveds, the workings of families, observations about the bigger questions in human consciousness. I know her personally, but I read her poetry before I got to know her better; I think I am fairly unbiased...someone ought to review her la April Lindner's poems are well-crafted, but more than that, they often illuminate. Her focus on the contemporary--these poems are decidedly of our time in their settings and details--doesn't keep her from examining the "universals" such as relationships between beloveds, the workings of families, observations about the bigger questions in human consciousness. I know her personally, but I read her poetry before I got to know her better; I think I am fairly unbiased...someone ought to review her latest poetry book so that a wider audience can enjoy her work. (Her young-adult fiction is garnering praise, but the poems express a deeper artistic vision).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cylia Kamp

    This Bed Our Bodies Shaped is a wonderful book of sensuous poems reflecting various times in a woman's life. April Lindner's writing reads without a hitch, as though it required little effort on her part. But as anyone realizes a writer must write for hours, days, more...to attain this apparent ease with language. There's no doubt Lindner has practiced her craft. I recommend this little book to anyone who loves love. Even if you aren't prone to reading poetry, April Lindner may change your mind. This Bed Our Bodies Shaped is a wonderful book of sensuous poems reflecting various times in a woman's life. April Lindner's writing reads without a hitch, as though it required little effort on her part. But as anyone realizes a writer must write for hours, days, more...to attain this apparent ease with language. There's no doubt Lindner has practiced her craft. I recommend this little book to anyone who loves love. Even if you aren't prone to reading poetry, April Lindner may change your mind.

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    Angela

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    Rose Kelleher

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