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 “‘History, you know, is one thing and our lives are something else,’ wrote Octavio Paz, and Chard deNiord’s response to this in The Double Truth is both fascinating and instructive. The voice in these poems seems to have a cunning ability to see oneself as if from a distance. This is compelling, beautiful poetry.”
—Ilya Kaminsky

“Whether the language is rough and obscure or delicate and precise, this is Chard deNiord’s finest book. Philosophical and passionate, he poses this question: Within the enigma of life, how can we know? And who will not remember the ecstasy of love when reading his lines: ‘We were in two places at once like a wire, / stretched out between the cathodes of our / desire. So bare and live the ether / hummed like a swarm inside the air.’”
—Ruth Stone

“Very few contemporary poets render, as uniquely as Chard deNiord does, the sheer wonder of being. Our world shines up from his lines and sentences with all its original splendor and strangeness. In deNiord’s spectacular gaze, old binaries of reality and dream, bitterness and love, joke and revelation, fuse into a beautiful whole. deNiord is a visionary and The Double Truth is a vital book.”
—Peter Campion

“With philosophers and beasts for his confidants, deNiord accesses both eros and cosmos—the far reaches of love and eternity—with a companionable, searing exactness. These are quiet, bottomless poems of true consequence.”
—Robin Behn

“Captivates with its lyric language, addressing the ebb and flow of love’s presnece in life, imparting the poet’s insightful knowledge.”

—Prairie Schooner

About the Author

Chard deNiord is the author of three previous poetry collections: Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire.  His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Crazyhorse, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, and Prairie Schooner. He is associate professor of English at Providence College and cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.



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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822961342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822961345
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Panella on July 11, 2011
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The Double Truth is Chard deNiord's fourth book of poetry. His first, Asleep in the Fire, appeared in 1990, his second, Sharp Golden Thorn, in 2003. Of his third, Night Mowing, published in 2005, a cover note accurately credits him with "an abiding sense of the eternal." DeNiord's first published poem appeared in a small magazine called The Black Warrior Review in 1984, and since then his poetry has been published in literary magazines too numerous to mention. He has been staking out a unique poetic landscape from the start: no matter where the poems begin, whether with bees or cows, with mud between the toes or the existence of God, the element of revelation is constant.
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press, The Double Truth continues and sharpens this way of seeing, and offers eighty-three poems, most fitting on a single page. For readers like myself who tend to laziness when faced with much of today's poetry, deNiord's work is more than accessible. Readers with a low tolerance for the superfluous, for originality in service of itself, will settle comfortably into these pages. In a few instances while reading these poems I gladly clicked on Google to check an allusion. The result always enriched the reading experience.
DeNiord's world extends far beyond rural New England. Whether using rural settings as touchstones or jumping directly into a more abstract and historical frame, the poems consistently rise to that next level of meaning. Early in The Double Truth we find a five-part teaser on the existence of God entitled "Occam Applies his Razor to the Thought of Aquinas," and a prose poem in the voice of Jan Weiner, the Czech Jew who fought in the British air force during World War II after fleeing Nazis in Germany and Czechoslovakia.
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By Mcbruce56 on April 23, 2013
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De Niord deserves to be better known. His work has a taste of the Chinese in it, but it is also lusty and very American. This line from the title poem: "it cured my heart of innocence..."
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