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What Matters: Poems Hardcover – September 16, 2011
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In Adele Kenny's finely wrought meditations on grief and loss, she never forgets that she's a maker of poems; in other words, that the poem in its entirety is more important than any one of its utterances, phrasings, or laments. What Mattersstraddles two of the exigencies of the human condition: diminishment and endurance. It abounds with poems that skillfully earn their sentiments. (Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize in Poetry)
These are poems that come to (poetic) grips with the issues of grief, fear, and death ... focused in a new and strong way. (Gerald Stern, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, National Book Award Recipient)
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Poems by Adele Kenny
Welcome Rain Publishers
ISBN-13: 987-1566490795 - 2011
Poet Adele Kenny has aligned this selection of her poems into a sequential frame of the plateaus, valleys, and mountains of life, inviting us to wander freely among these terrains and even hang-out in a chosen field of metaphors and memories that abound in this superlative little book. And has incisively placed fear into an idiomatic pocket of 'it is what it is' and acknowledges fear's freedom to show up anywhere it wants but, as a prelude to its schizoid self of dread, worry, and night fright, she also reminds us that fear includes veneration, awe, regret and care.
You can be assured dear reader that the greatest reward in owning this book is in experiencing the 'process' of memory suddenly taking prominence over the actual memory itself, thus releasing an array of unawares allowing old wounds to step forward as the core subtext of her poems. And it is in this concealed mix that we discover the magic adroitly hidden within the fabric of her poems echoing 'What Matters' over and over again.
The thickly woven emotional truths of Adele's stark and poignant poetry frightens pick-pockets and all the forked tongues that reside in perpetuity. It empathizes with those long abandoned farm houses grieving for their Halcyon Days (pre-plastic toys) and their cherished little library now defiled with a grinning graffiti of disdain for the good, truth, and beauty of another day. Yes, it has been said "there were no good old days" Forget it. Adele Kenny speaks to us solely in the expertise of her 'first language' -- the language of the past. Prof. J. Maghan, Chester, CT - October 01, 2011:10PM
You do not really need anyone to play God in order to figure out how to cope with anything. It doesnt matter what I tell you - the answer is within you and or a matter of you letting go...
In addtion, you can learn from animals and nature........
We felt them first. Fingers pressed to the rails,
a dull rumble filled our hands and hummed into
our arms before the cone of light, the great clatter
of metal against metal. Trestled high, above the
bridge on Grand Avenue, we knew those tracks
went on forever, between trees that lined the ties
like stations of the cross. The hill was forbidden but
holy, thick with clover, ripe with berries in spring.
The year I was nine, an April blizzard swept the
sky and we went to the trains in the dark. The wires
strummed into sparks, the rails were a dazzle of
shadows.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kenny is a survivor who also happens to be among America's leading poets. She is spiritual without being dogmatic, articulate without being pompous, and a proven master of her... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Charles L. DeFanti Jr.
Kenny's poems are rooted in memories, but lifted into sharp imagery and intimations of mystic awareness. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Madeline
I am just awed by "What Matters". Have only gotten time to sample randomly so far but "Like I Said" is my favorite. It is so profoundly earthy and honest and touching. Read morePublished on September 25, 2011 by Curt Fisher 11
Ms Kenny captures the absolute attention of my mind and soul when I read her poetry. She transports me to her place of wonder, terror, peace, memories, tranquility, loneliness,... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by S. Iorio
What Matters is a stunning collection from an established poet who, in this latest volume, is clearly at the top of her game . Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Ed Romond
When I finished my first read of Adele Kenny's poetry book "What Matters" I was struck with a surprised feeling of recognition: How well its title describes this book. Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Basil Rouskas