Archives for April, 2015

Astir

Astir-front-cover“Rich in detail and attentive in focus, Kevin Boyle’s poems rock back and forth between tenderness and irony. In language both fluent and metrical, they explore what it’s like to be alive and awake in today’s shifting cultural environment. Leavened with a fine wit and possessed of a restrained compassion for the male self coming to terms with the layers of his life, these are the sturdy poems of a grown man.”

 

— Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men

 

“Kevin Boyle’s poems come at you from a variety of angles: fatherhood, childhood, man in the street. Memories of a Philadelphia neighborhood, a boy with his paper route trying to collect, ice on the Delaware River. These are the poems of an America that’s changing and they cover a long arc of time, diverse in method, restless, inventive. They are not without their dark moments, but Boyle’s generosity and humor keep shining through the lines.”

 

— Joseph Millar, author of Blue Rust

Delicate Thefts

Delicate Thefts“If you have any doubt that Debra Kaufman is one of our best contemporary American poets, then read this collection.”

 

— Kathryn Stripling Byer, Descent, Coming to Rest, Catching Light and 3 others from LSU Press 

 

“Which universe does Debra Kaufman inhabit? The “dark, indifferent” one or the one in which “The white pine waves/like a kind neighbor”? Perhaps her universe changes with time and she records these changes in her graceful, thorn-sharp lyrics. What happens around her also happens within her and what she remembers she makes memorable. Perhaps she embraces what her friend once said, “If you listen closely … you can hear things.” Passionate in its angers as well as in its affections and as closely tuned as a clavier, Delicate Thefts is a trove of classy gifts.”

 

— Fred Chappel, author of Familiars, Shadow Box: Poems and over a dozen other collections from LSU Press.