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**** Four Star Review
A Richly Textured Collection Full of Moody Imagery, January 5, 2003
Reviewer: Jenny Chalek (Louisville, KY United States)
Written over a period of time ranging from the author's early teenage years to the present
and arranged in chronological order, this series of short poems touches on topics as varied as
they are evocative. As I progressed through the collection, I noticed the expected treatises on
social injustices, relational indifference, and other such poetic "old standbys."
However, I gradually became aware of a subtle difference in sensibility between what I was
reading here and what I was used to seeing elsewhere. What stood out was a certain
"matter-of-factness," and a lack of didacticism or drama. The emotions came through mostly
through images that were in some cases so vivid as to seem tactile. In the poem "I flirt with
death," for example, the cadence and rhythm of the words seems so immediate and "light" in
comparison to the gravity of the subject matter that there is precious little feeling of any
barrier between the reader and the events in the poem - causing all the more powerful a rush of
blood to the head as the actual meaning of the words starts to sink in.
But, as its title suggests, "Daydream" doesn't dwell on only one type of poem, preferring
instead to wander from topic to topic as if on a whim. There are lighthearted pieces to balance
out the dark ones, as well as plenty in between. Overall, it is an unusual and powerful collection.
In April of 2003, I attended a creative writing workshop conducted by Natalie Goldberg, bestselling
author of Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind. In a postcard to me, she wrote:
"Dear Robin, Thank you for Daydream. I really enjoyed reading it.
Esp. liked 'Dreams (To Dad)', 'Grandad', 'What do you believe in?', but so many are good.
All my best, Natalie Golberg"
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