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Tina Darragh
Striking Resemblance

1988
poems, 64 pages, letterpress, 2 color title and half-titles
ISBN 0-930901-64-9, paper, smyth-sewn $14
ISBN 0-930901-65-7, signed paper $20

Four pieces which reflect Darragh's concern with the cross-fertilization of the formal and the personal. They investigate, for instance, the relation of cliche and place, of writing and biographical notation, of definition and the desire to define.

Tina Darragh lives in Mt. Rainier, NM, where she works as a librarian for a computer system. Her books include the remarkable on the corner to off the corner (Sun & Moon) and a(gain)2st the odds (Potes & Poets).


"I'm attracted to this work because of its openness, its unassuming voice that moves to shed light, to invite the reader into its process as into a home. Striking Resemblance deals primarily in the roots and history of language; it has, at times, the air of linguistic archaeology ... a quiet chagrin and 'linguo- mantic' cogency all its own."

--Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash


"Striking Resemblance goes the way between poetry and prose, a direction of new approaches to the human predicament."

--Shelby Stephenson, The Pilot (Southern Pines,NC)


"Darragh is investigating investigation. One isn't led to conclusions. The manner in which she constructs a context for the investigation is itself the investigation.... When we learn to inhabit [this process] we'll have learned a lot."

--Rod Smith, Washington Review