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Violence in our bedrooms and kitchens: A review of Julie Bruck’s Monkey Ranch

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Reviewed in this essay: Monkey Ranch  by Julie Bruck, Brick Books, 2012 Julie Bruck’s poems have the transparency of fingerprints on glass. The achievement of Monkey Ranch, her Governor General Award-winning collection, is not obvious. Her third book, it contains poems about rituals and family life–a son at a window, a lover sleeping through the noise of a vacuum–and the simple language that...