In Defense of Objects

Linda Dove
Bear Star Press, 2009

"The meditative, quiet beauty of Linda Dove's In Defense of Objects helps defend the reader against all sorts of daily blindnesses. Although there are lovely poems here about art, Dove leads us to see the ordinary material world, too, as shaped and heightened. 'Until memory is allocated, objects do not exist,' says a computer science document quoted here, and many of Dove's poems will now be allocated to my memory. Not least of the objects worth defending, this poet shows, are words themselves, which she employs with subtlety, wit, and depth of feeling"--Mary Jo Salter.