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Love Took the Words

Love Took the Words by Christopher Jane Corkery 1639820728 9781639820726
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Love took the words right out of my mouth."" So begins the first line of Christopher Jane Corkerys poignant and unforgettable new collection of poems. Throughout the work these two themes--the power and mystery of language, especially the crafted one of poetry, and what Keats called ""the holiness of the hearts affections""--intertwine, accumulating a rich panoply of associations and meanings. The occasions for Corkerys poems are often domestic: the thrill of youthful romance, of marriage and family, of children inventing new worlds. Yet here also are a poets acts, psychological and spiritual, in a life which, like every readers life, contains plenty and its absence all at once. Objects matter here--a bread board, a swing, a still life--but so do places (from New England to Paris and Seville). The poet is also joined by the ghostly presences of poets and mystics, from Teresa of Avila, John Keats, and George Herbert to Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats. Again and again Corkery is drawn to the essential way in which poetry enacts love. In fullness or in scarcity, in loving or in grief, both writer and reader are engaged, fulfilling the contract of poetry.

Author: Christopher Jane Corkery

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 88

Publisher: Slant Books

Publication Date: 2020-10-12

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