The Hole Between Mine and Yours: Liquid Logic from a Dirty Tumbler

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About Christina M. Grey

Christina Grey enjoys drinking carrot juice and dancing by herself. She dreams of building the perfect swing set for adults. She is working on her second novel, since first novels are notoriously wretched. If you follow her on twitter, you may be randomly selected for effusive thanks in her next acceptance speech.

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Review by: Richard C. Parr on Oct. 7, 2011 :
From 'Wet' with its beautiful contradictions and past tenses and clever usage of changing vowels to 'nights' become 'notes' and 'ride' become 'rode', to the poem 'education' with its hexameter rhythm and its harrowing tale of emotional self-infliction, guilt and withholding senses (for example 'and there we sit on horse, astride / oblivious of how to ride' describes for me attempting to do something blind or how we have the tools of life but lack the ability to use them) Christina brilliantly portrays the human condition. With the usage of pleasantly flowing rhyming techniques and life's multiple themes, she takes the reader into her world of observation.

Though I would have enjoyed more variation of poetry, for example villanelles, sonnets or even shape poems, Christina has perfected the art of flowing stanzas. It's a great read and I'd definitely recommend Christina's work. Well done.
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Review by: Simon John Cox on Aug. 25, 2011 :
The Hole Between Mine And Yours is the debut collection of poems from Christina M. Grey, and if its quality is anything to go by then I doubt it will be the last.

The tones of her poems range from rude to thoughtful to playful, and the often breathtaking turns of phrase are carried forward by a skilful urgency of rhythm. Even when Grey is being a little bit dirty - which I suspect is quite a lot, although I'm probably too naive and innocent to realise quite how much - her voice is clear and precise, and the lines slide smoothly down the page.

She is a great observer the shapes of our experiences and reading the poems for smaller or larger insights will be hugely enjoyable, but the great joy of this book, I think, is in the unexpected phrase, couplet or verse that stops you in your tracks and forces you to smile, raise your eyebrows or laugh out loud. The poems are frequently arresting, funny and witty.

"Melting", for example, gives us "whimper courage / liquid shrink / dumber up her / sloppy wink", whilst "Ode To No One" provides "i've yet to meet a worthy beau / or if i have, he had to go" and "Sideways Signs Of Balance" gives "Pause it if the absolute is farther than its value / Pause it if the lesson's lost to Math instead of Matthew". "Reverse Symbiosis", "Have Knots, Won't Work" and "Girls Are Mean" are wonderful (quoting part of them would not do them justice here), and I've read "Wet" over and over again - I won't tell you why, but you'll understand when you read it.

I don't read a lot of poetry, so I'm very pleased that I discovered this collection. I'm recommending it to everyone
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Review by: Red Tash on Aug. 21, 2011 :
Christina's work here is evocative of that 2 am conversation you have with your best friend, when you're both smoking cigarettes and mixing together whatever's left of the booze. At turns wistful, sexy, lonesome, and empowered, Christina's poems are songs from a beautifully jaded heart. Yearning, triumphant, dirty, and smart. Well done.
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