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If Words Could Save Us (Available with CD) Paperback – October 1, 2011

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Charm is difficult to define but we know it when we see it and we see it on every page of Anthony Abbott's elegantly crafted, moving poems, whether elegiac, confessional, allusive, or slyly comic. Though dealing with deep affairs of the heart--loss, sainthood, memory's wounds--Abbott writes, to borrow Marianne Moore's words, in language cats and dogs can understand. His sixth collection is likely to engage anyone who picks it up, both those who avoid poetry as well as the happy few who are addicted. ---- JOEL C. CONNAROE, President of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Anthony Abbott's most recent collection of poetry is stunning in both craftsmanship and sensibility. In poem after poem he forges a compassionate pact with the world, and like all enduring pacts, it is one that sustains and confirms--the poet's life, ours, and the great healing powers of language. ----ROBERT HEDIN Author of Old Glory and Co-Editor, Great River Review

Oh Lord what a wonderful book--joyous and profound. Tony Abbott deals with nothing less than the great circling round of life itself, the whole ball of wax: from youth to the unexpected grace of old age. "The gifts of the heart are holy" indeed, and words can save us, if they are Tony Abbott's. This volume epitomizes the highest pleasure and purpose of poetry. ----LEE SMITH Author of Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger and The Last Girls

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Lorimer Press; Pap/Com edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982617194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982617199
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If, somewhere along the way, you've been turned off by poetry, here is the book that will turn you back on again.

Although the world around us feels as if it's crumbling or tumbling, Tony Abbott is here to remind us that hope wins out in the end. He shows us where--and how--to look for it: whether we travel far from home or sit on our back porches, it's there. He is an optimist, thank goodness, and a realist. We need more poets such as Abbott to guide us in our searches for wholeness and grace.

Words can, and do, save us, time and time again: Abbott hits that nail soundly on the head. As a fellow writer, I respect the well-crafted lines and images, the truths they embody, and the generosity of spirit in which this poet shares them. I taught English for 17 years, and I wish I'd had these poems at my fingertips then. My students would have welcomed their sense of humor; they would have said, "Why can't all poems be this clear?" I have a feeling that you will respond to Tony Abbott's beautiful collection in much the same way.
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Tony Abbott in "If Words Could Save Us" shows us again why he is one of our most accessible, endearing and in my view profound poets. While there is great variety in the themes and styles of the poems--some influenced by paintings, some by music, some by people , some by the past and some by wonder of the world, they all seem to share a spirituality that at times magically transports the reader--at least this reader--to another plane. Tony Abbott's poems in his latest volume are a living testament that that words can and do save us. For his gift to us, I am grateful.
--Joseph Howell
Author of "Hard Living on Clay Street" and "Civil Rights Journey"
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My wife and I continue to be impressed with Anthony Abbott's work, especially after knowing him personally from our time at Davidson College. Do read!
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