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FROM 2017-2018

Similitude — meaning similarity, relationship, comparison — threads this new collection by Anaheim Poet Laureate and Prize Americana-winning author, Grant Hier. From the tightly woven, stand-alone sonic knots of the opening poems, to the mirrored diptych full-poem pairings in the section titled “To Anaphase” (the stage of cell division where chromosomes break and sister lines replicate to position themselves opposite, like a reflected image of the source) — on through to the final section of aphorisms and analogies, which are at once humorous and profound. The entire book Similitude, then, itself is similitude: a companion to Hier’s previous collection, The Difference Between — all thoughtful, well-wrought poetry that simultaneously connects the unexpected and reveals to us places of resonance.


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