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Berry's Poetry Book Reviews

Paranoia and Paradise Both Reside in Stephen Page’s Newest Collection

Stephen Page’s tall tale inspired poetry is back with more dream like language and tension than ever in The Salty River Bleeds. It is full of descriptions of hard farm life, daydreams and countless moments of human failings. Although this most recent collection, which will be released later this year, is a continuation of Jonathan the rancher’s story, the poetry also sows new characters into the readers’ imaginations and harvests tantalizing, rich details about old familiar faces.

One such new character actually emerges at the onset of the book. His name is Obligation. And although the poem is only four lines long, Page uses each word to the fullest. The end result of this skillful word carving is quite a captivating silhouette of this fellow. Readers will be able to envision Obligation in the corner of their eye as…

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