What It Is Like

New and Selected Poems

by Charles North

What It Is Like

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A good bit of the work in Charles North's What it is Like is about literature, which in most collections would be a less than promising feature. But North is such an intelligent and good-humored writer that his literariness seems less a pose than an invitation. The poems here, including "Magic," are distinguished by their copiousness — their formal variety (sonnets to sestinas to diary entries) is matched

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