A Pleasing Study in Pain

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Carroll’s work is award winning, and it is no surprise. Reading through the work,  there is no question of Carroll’s skill as a poet in this collection. Granted, this near masochist poetry book may not be everyone’s cup of tea but her ability as a writer will hold any reader’s attention as soon as they take in the opening piece, “No Final Curtain.” In Nerve Chorus, there are no uncertain terms. Though just to be sure, she does warn the readers in the poem of what is to come beyond the first page. “Your jumps are numbered,” she says to them. One must hope though, that Carroll’s poetry books are not numbered.

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