By Richard Kenney
In The One-Strand River, Kenney has stories to tell—of loves, births, and confounding politics—in vigorous, quicksilver language that surprises at each flip. We meet the poet as a middle-aged husband jogging the puppy, confiding, “Churlish / concepts bedevil me, usually. Sunshine; women / part my age; the long run; unseen perishing / armies.” He swings among surreal sunrise vistas and the unsettling sight of seventh-grade ladies circling his teenage son; among the excitement of a brand new Year’s occasion “with Nipperkin” and—striking a be aware that's infrequent in modern poetry—satirical assault, with a watch at the information of the day. A grasp of many tones, Kenney remembers a nursery rhyme within the identify poem—“Gray goose and gander/ How lengthy have we together?”—and ponders the “one-strand river” that's the sea, with its one encircling shore and its tidal pull on either the panorama and the human heart.
Kenney isn't a confessional poet, but we meet a robust brain here—that of a guy who's consistently responding to provocations noticeable and unseen, taking excitement within the probabilities of phrases themselves, tossing them up into the day-by-day typhoon of our vexations and our perilous happiness.
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The One-Strand River: Poems, 1994-2007 by Richard Kenney