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Michelle M. Tokarczyk:

West End Press
PO Box 27334
Albuquerque NM, 87125

56 pp., $6.95

This book of poetry was published a few years ago, but it demands a reading, particularly if one is interested in women and work. And the fears one encounters after living a working class life and attempting to "make it" in a profession, herein examined. What makes this poetry so exciting is its legitimacy. This is not a book by a poet that lost her diamond while riding on her third best polo pony. Oh no. But this is not the grit of a saloon either. Nothing dark here. Just the hard work of a white ethnic in working class America struggling to maintain simply a life of dignity and peace, which because of the American grind... What do you think? Can you relate? Or will you ponder a rose is a rose is a rose?--Mike Basinski

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This review originally appeared in TapRoot Reviews #5,
Copyright Burning Press 1994, 1996.

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