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Published in: July-August 2014 issue.


Tiger HeronTiger Heron
by Robin Becker
University of Pittsburgh Press.  80 pages, $15.95


ROBIN BECKER is a well-established American poet and literary critic and professor at Penn State. Her eighth book, Tiger Heron, is a balanced collection of poems that tell stories and draw portraits with a clear eye and a steady hand. The recurring themes in Becker’s books—personal relationships, places, animals, and art—are back in Tiger Heron. The poems here are sincere and studious with a few controlled bursts of humor and despair and an underlying feeling of sadness and loss.

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