Tiger Bark Press
ISBN: 978-0-9860445-0-2
Publication Date: Oct. 15, 2013
Pages: 75

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Kathleen Aguero tackles  life for us.  Showing us moments from our shared past and present, flashes we might otherwise forget.  A boy mocked on the school bus, family members watching television “waiting for the meat loaf to be done,” a daughter collapsing from a laced joint, an older woman with dementia. In a uniquely powerful way, Augero brings these all-too-familiar incidents to view.

Take, for example, this excerpt from her poem “That Night.”

Do you want to know how scared I was
when my daughter’s eyes turned black
and her face blank as she fell
straight back from her heels?
Her father caught her and gently lowered her
to the floor where she shook,
eyes rolling. One laced joint. This girl
we had tended for sixteen years

And this excerpt from her title poem, “After That,”

She wouldn’t eat anything white,
hid money in the refrigerator,
wore five pairs of underpants at once,
cringed at butterflies. She covered her ears
when she talked and was afraid of the telephone.

Kathleen  Aguero’s poetry confronts and brazens out the incidents we shy from; therein lies its potency.

Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan
    Winter 2014