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Reviews: KIN
  2012
   
  Chicago Tribune

Tennessean
   
   
  LIT
  2009
   
  Francine Prose, in the New York Review of Books

Michiko Kakutani, In New York Times

Susan Cheever, in the New York Times

USA Today

Oprah magazine

New York Times, 10 best books of 2009

Time Magazine, 10 best books of 2009
   
   
   
  CHERRY
  2001
   
  Joyce Carol Oates, in New York Review of Books

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
   
   
   
  THE LIAR'S CLUB
  1995
   
  New York Times, Dinitia Smith, 1995

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 1995
   
   
   
  SINNERS WELCOME
  2006
   
  The NY Times
   
   
   
  VIPER RUM
  2001
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  THE DEVIL'S TOUR
  1993
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  Evil is the theme of this second book by Karr ( Abacus, LJ 9/15/87), and these dark poems are movingly adept. Her material is challenging. "Coleman," the first and best poem, is about a fatal run-in between a small-town gang and the black Southern teenager whom the narrator loves. Not only can Karr handle this kind of subject matter without sentimentality; she is also accomplished at natural-sounding formal meter: "When he stands to cough the syrup from his lungs,/ arrive to sponge him cool, and he cries no/ and no and no, the only syllable" ("Croup"). Occasionally, Karr moves beyond the tight confessional lyric at which she excels to the third-person narrative: in "Don Giovanni's Confessor," for example, the appalled sinner confesses to his priest, who is then thrust into his own horrific recollection. While the jacket blurb claims that Karr writes "for everyday readers," these are complex, intellectual poems. They demand and withstand many readings, and for that one can be grateful. Recommended.
- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York