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Throughout over forty years of publishing poetry, Lisel Mueller has been a poet's poet, well revered by her peers in the writing world but not well known outside of it. "Blood Oranges" is from her fourth collection, Second Language, which was received, like her other works, with sweeping acclaim. "Morality is a constant preoccupation in these pages," Peter Stitt wrote of Second Language in the Georgia Review, "and is one of the reasons this volume is so powerful." Stitt also pointed out Mueller's constant, skillful use of imagery, noting that "[i]t is the objects around her, the objects she welcomes into her poems, that give meaning to the world for Mueller." Joseph Parisi, in Booklist, called the book a good reason for her many fans to rejoice, referring to Mueller's "uncommon empathy." Parisi's overall assessment of Second Language was that "Poem for poem, this is one of...

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