Book of Hours Poems

ISBN-10: 0307272249

ISBN-13: 9780307272249

Edition: 2014

Authors: Kevin Young
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Description: A beautiful book of both grief and birth from the award-winning poet whose work thrills his audience with its immediate emotional impact and musical riffs.A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of the poet's father, we witness the unfolding of his grief. "In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor," he tells us, in one of the collection's piercing two-line poems. Young captures the strange silence of bereavement: "Not the storm/ but the calm/ that slays me." But the poet acknowledges, even celebrates, life's passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence describing the birth of his son: in "Crowning," he delivers what is surely one of the most powerful birth poems written by a man, describing "her face/ full of fire, then groaning your face/ out like a flower, blood-bloom,/ crocused into air." Ending this book of birth and grief, the gorgeous title sequence brings acceptance, asking "What good//are wishes if they aren't/ used up?" while understanding "How to listen/ to what's gone."

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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/4/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

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