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Conn, Jan.

Montreal, Vehicule Press, 1986. 78pp, paper. $8.95. ISBN 0-919890-X. (A Signal Edition)

Reviewed by Barbara J. Graham

Volume 16 Number 5
1988 September

Tills slim volume of poetry will appeal to senior high school students who have the sensitivity to appreciate the poet's search for understanding of herself and her relationships. The poetry would be quite accessible to students who particularly enjoy her highly visual perceptions.

A number of the poems have been inspired by Conn's experiences in Central America. These poems are vivid and luxuriant, expressing a painful beauty, often within a social context. There is agony in paradise. As well, the reader will recognize paradoxical relationships between father and daughter, between friends and lovers.

Recognizing our disguises and coming to terms with what we truly are are lifelong activities: Conn shares the disguises she recognizes in such a way that the older student with some experience of life may enjoy them. Some of the poems will provide inspiration for beginning writers, who will discover the distinctive use of realistic natural environment with all its sensory appeal as an effective entrance to the world of emotion, imagination and truth. The striking word paintings vibrate with significance. This is a collection worth re-reading.

Barbara J. Graham, Board of Education for the City of London, London, Ont.
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