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Kenyon ( The Boat of Quiet Hours ) portrays with meticulous detail the healing, regenerative force of nature in the cycles of human emotion and experience. Her understated, deceptively simple poems celebrate the pleasures of domestic, rural life--waking, walking the dog, wash day are here occasions for meditations on the natural world and the joys of ordinary existence: "All afternoon I lifted oak leaves / from the flowerbeds and greeted / like friends the green-white crowns / of perennials. . . . How I hated to come in! . . . " But underlying these observations is a subtle tension masterfully created by Kenyon's exacting language and alternating images of light and ever-encroaching darkness: "The sun drops low over the pond. / Long shadows move out from the stones, / and a chill rises from the moss. . . . " Her vision is ultimately one of faith and acceptance, as in the title poem, where she asserts, "God does not leave us / comfortless, so let evening come." While one of the poet's greatest strengths is her unadorned, prosaic speech, the language sometimes falls flat, marring an otherwise cogent and moving collection.
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"We sit with friends at the round/ glass table. The talk is clever." These opening lines of "September Garden Party" could well speak for all the poems in this third collection. Like considered and relaxed conversation, these pieces cover a wide variety of topics: recollections and reflections, moments of pleasure and melancholy, and wonderfully sharp visions of place. "She lay on her back in the timothy/ and gazed past the doddering/ auburn heads of sumac." Each line is fresh and beautiful, and the world of rustic New England lives with each image. "Nothing could rouse her then/ from that joy so violent/ it was hard to distinguish from pain." It is time we recognize that Kenyon is among the poets who stand tall among this new generation. Few writers see so well and speak so well of what they see. This volume belongs in any serious collection.
- Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press; Reissue edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555971318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555971311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1999
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Beautiful poetry from a wonderful person whose life comes through radiantly in her poetry. I can not read her poems without thinking of her connection to her husband Donald Hall - their poems cross back and forth , even after her death. She uses her/their life but stays far from the "confessional" mode. This book, like the title poem, brings me great peace.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen Blake on June 6, 2010
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I like to loose myself in a poetry book every once in a while. I don't know why. THis book really hits the spot if you enjoy New England as I do. Some of the poems are very descriptive and they really bring you home. Recommended.

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