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This Way to the Exit Paperback – March 20, 2012
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About the Author
Janet Kenny was a painter and concert singer in New Zealand until she went to the United Kingdom. There she sang in opera professionally until she retired early because of health problems. She moved to Australia, where she was active in the disarmament and anti-nuclear movement in Sydney. She jointly edited, compiled and wrote Beyond Chernobyl, published by Envirobook in 1993. She now lives in Queensland with her husband of many years. Her poems have been published in printed and online journals, including Avatar, The Chimaera, Folly, 14 x 14, Iambs & Trochees, The Literary Review, Mi Poesias, The New Formalist, The Raintown Review, The Shit Creek Review, Snakeskin, Soundzine, The Susquehanna Quarterly and Umbrella. Her work is in the collections The Book of Hope and Filled With Breath: 30 sonnets by 30 poets. She has received three Pushcart nominations.
Top customer reviews
While I have always enjoyed Kenny's nature poems, the effortless and elegant way she writes about birds and wild animals, it is the poems on aging that I admire most. They are honest and clear-sighted, yet filled with compassion and humor, even defiance. In "Sightlines," for example, Kenny writes about the Sydney (Australia) painter Lloyd Rees, who was losing his vision in later life:
could reignite his vision. He stared down
the sun that splashed the water in his mind
and dived deep in the light he knew would drown
his reason with the sight that made him blind.
Kenny knows it takes determination - and art - to make a life, to keep it going, to fulfill one's destiny and live it meaningfully. These are poems that both console and encourage us forward. They remind us that when we are gone, our art lives in those we inspire to read, recite and perform it:
"But dreams continue after death,
exhaled upon a singer's breath."
(from "To Franz Schubert")