A Yes-or-no Answer

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Houghton Mifflin, 2008 - Poetry - 62 pages
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An evocative new memoir in poems, from the award-winning author of Happy Family and Music Minus One. In her acclaimed collections Happy Family and Music Minus One, Jane Shore traced her life from childhood to coming of age to parent. Now, in A Yes-or-No Answer, Shore etches the persistence of the past in a life that has moved into a mature new phase as a member of the baby boom generation. Recalling her Jewish childhood in New Jersey, living in the apartment above the family's clothing store, Shore lovingly imagines her parents, now gone, reunited with relatives over a Scrabble board in the afterlife. The poet's teenage daughter sorts through the vintage clothes of her mother's own hippie days. Cherished items left behind--an address book, a piano, an easy chair, a favorite doll--continue to haunt the living. The poems in A Yes-or-No Answer dignify memory through precise detail, with a voice that will resonate for a generation at a crossroads.

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

perhaps I was not the target reader for this. The poems are well-made, so maybe it deserves two stars. unexciting and not thought-provoking to me though. Read full review

About the author (2008)

JANE SHORE is the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent, A Yes or No Answer, and Music Minus One, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has won the Juniper Prize and the Lamont Poetry Prize. She teaches at George Washington University.

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