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Booklist reviews FANNY SAYS and SHAME | SHAME

FannySays_Front_smallerShameShame_Front Two of BOA's newest poetry titles, Nickole Brown's Fanny Says and Devin Becker's Shame | Shame, recently received outstanding Booklist reviews. Calling Fanny Says "poignant, funny, and utterly real," Booklist says: "After the loss of a loved one, people have a tendency to narrow memory’s lens to focus solely on the person’s best qualities. It’s more rare to find someone both remembering and appreciating the whole of a person. . . . Fanny’s tone and inflection come alive through the series of poems based on her actual words. And through Brown’s vivid, honest, and surprisingly nonjudgmental reflections, we develop, page by page, a mental image of her grandmother in the mid-twentieth-century South and can’t help but enjoy the  process of getting to know Frances Lee Cox. While this collection honors Fanny’s span of years on this planet and her impact on her granddaughter, it also showcases the writer’s humor, insight, and poetic gifts." A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize-winning Shame | Shame is called an "engaging" collection of "miniature stories" about human embarrassment and awkward encounters. "These pieces’ predicaments are the likes of having the woman you’ve made love with in the night plop on your lap in the morning in front of your unsuspecting friends, feeling sexual tension between yourself and a teenager at a nearly deserted workout center on New Year’s Eve, and being a small guy in a sports bar full of bruisers who has to ask about the shot placed before him—almost painfully familiar circumstances, all. Besides prose poetry, Becker has also mastered e. e. cummings’ skinny, crawl-down-the-page poem, to similar, gotta-read-it-again effect." Both Fanny Says and Shame | Shame are available at the BOA Bookstore.


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