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What Ed Bennett wrote:
Danielle Beazer Dubrasky's Ruin and Light is a collection of poems that
harkens to the original poetry of millennia past by the deft use of imagery.
The poems are almost hymnal in their structure, calling out the religious
songs of the Ancient Greeks while injecting images taken from both Pagan
and Christian traditions. To be honest, I was unsure if this was a collection
of poems on a similar theme or of a single work. This is meant in the highest
regard, since the lines combine to form a cohesive story ("plot" seems too
technical a word for this) of love and loss.

An example of Ms. Dubrasky's imagery:

"When she first lay beside you"
by Danielle Beazer Dubrasky

When she first lay beside you, you would not close your eyes
but watched her until your pupils drew her into a pool.

She floated there beneath the sun, swam into a waterfall,
and plunged into the deep. Only then did you close your eyes.

All things she loved rose from your throat's chords‐
salt in a mollusk shell, the compass of an antler chip,

and the nights when the children who have never heard rain
returned pieces to the places from which they were lost‐

severed bone made whole or a shell's hinge
sealed over the creature brought home again.

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