That Said: New and Selected Poems, Jane Shore, 2012

Shore is a Vermont poet, though her Jewish roots are in 1950-60 New Jersey where she lived above her parents’ dress shop in a small apartment.  Relatives (especially Uncle Al and Aunt Flossie), friends, children, holidays, the 70’s, getting older, and cogent observations of the human condition in very visual verse highlight this fine collection.  I was told about this volume by Shore’s author husband, Howard Norman, whom I ran into at a book store in Montpelier.  Some wonderful ‘hair-raising’ moments in this volume, which has poems from volumes published about once a decade from 1977 to 2008.  These jewels are worth re-reading.