After opening with a self-conscious childhood moment, in which she wishes she were more attractive in the presence of a group of boys, Beard splits off into memories of grandparents, cousins, and allergies; stories in which romance plays no part. Thanks to this tasteful approach, the theme builds silently, without seeming heavy-handed. It is as though Beard places her reader behind a cracked door: the view is intimate, but incomplete.
While some readers might find The Boys of My Youth lacking in explicit emotion—Beard describes her history in a non-reflective, deadpan tone—this collection portrays greater depth than one might initially realize. All Poetry.
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Review of The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
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