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The "displaced" in the book's title refers to the poor, the homeless, and the disenfranchised who populate New York, the city that serves at once as gritty backdrop, city of dreams, and urban nightmare. Winters also addresses the culturally, ethnically, and emotionally excluded and, in these politically sensitive poems, writes without sentimentality of a cityscape of tenements and immigrants, offering her poetry as a testament to the lives of have-nots.

In the central poem, Winters witnesses the relationship between two women of disparate social classes whose friendship represents the poet's political convictions.


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Like the book pored rain. Hard core new york. I don't know with it if you can look it in the face, to its face ever and survive that.

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Like Medusa, it seems to need a refraction to protect yourself and still confront the beast. I have just the courage right now to poke my head I had to put these poems down while I was going through a harsh time. I have just the courage right now to poke my head in the cave, and not open any cupboards or peak in any drawers: Makes me think sometimes of Roman Pollanski, of all he has been through and still he, out of shear will creates. Apr 07, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: My focus while reading was the concept of "the displaced of capital" literal meanings: Ultimately how the city plays into the lives of these people, how "the displaced from capital come to the capital" The city as the place representing the larger nation and mindset, the city My focus while reading was the concept of "the displaced of capital" literal meanings: The city as the place representing the larger nation and mindset, the city as a place of both supposed hope and hopelessness.

Ten years after publishing, this book is still completely relevant. Jan 15, Ruth rated it really liked it. Poems about life mostly in the "less desirable" parts of New York City. These are narrative poems, the stories they tell are haunting.

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Especially "An Immigrant Woman"--it really gripped me. The speaker of these poems delights in the diversity of her great city, but there is unease at the core of her pleasure: Unnoticed, the narrative has altered, the displaced of capital have come to the capital. As you can see, Winters is sometimes talky rather than lyrical, a trap I myself have been known to fall into.

But I am really glad to find another poet tackling these issues. Oct 02, Jeff rated it it was amazing. I put Winters' book on a short shelf with a book like Marshall Berman's All That's Solid Melts into Air , the short shelf of books about the Seventies effort to recover the humanist Marx. Confessionalism by way of an historical, one dares say an anamnestic, account of civil rights idealism, and the shifting ground of Whitman's "well-joined scheme," subject of the book's first poem, the superb "The Mill-Race.

Jul 31, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Unless maybe you know NYC first hand enough to care, reading this book is like trying to feign interest in neighborhood gossip.

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Sure, it delves and is eruditely composed, but the intensely selfy level on which everything happens, the minutiae of coat buttons, undershirts and times subways arrived just aren't inviting, no matter how carefully mixed in it all is with great cries that echo back to the classics. I wish the material of this anthology had been used to create hard hitting short stories Unless maybe you know NYC first hand enough to care, reading this book is like trying to feign interest in neighborhood gossip.

I wish the material of this anthology had been used to create hard hitting short stories, not these finicky textbooky poems. Aug 26, Kent rated it really liked it Shelves: The first poem is amazing!

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The Displaced of Capital Anne Winters. Winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Winters also addresses the culturally, ethnically, and emotionally excluded and, in these politically sensitive poems, writes without sentimentality of a cityscape of tenements and immigrants, offering her poetry as a testament to the lives of have-nots.

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