Potential Stranger (Phoenix Poets)

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On page after enigmatic page, Killarney Clary shows us her mastery of the prose poem in this spiritual biography that journeys across the natural landscape while plumbing the dizzying depths of the psyche. Potential Stranger reveals that in the public world we are all called upon to perform: as children, we are expected to find a place in the uniform; as entertainers, to play an exaggerated version of ourselves; and, as explorers, to rest content when we have reached our destination. Precise, prophetic, and spare, Clary reminds us that of all the potential strangers we may meet in our travels, people who forever "remain behind gestures and posture," the first and last of those is always the self.

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Killarney Clary is the author of two books of poems, By Common Salt and Who Whispered Near Me, and a chapbook, By Me, By Any, Can and Can't Be Done. She lives in Los Angeles.

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“Where mathematics and spirit join, where proof of the existence of mystery—salvific mystery—shimmers just below the surfaces of human perception, experience and the linguistic veil itself, Killarney Clary’s new book—her best to date—dwells, plumbs, persuades and thrills.”

(Jorie Graham)

“The detached, elongated prose paragraphs of Killarney Clary’s Potential Stranger, her third collection, are framed with cold white space, much like an initial meeting, where ‘That quick shadow below the bridge has something pressing to tell about nearly effortless transformation.’”--Publishers Weekly

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“Killarney Clary’s third book of poems, Potential Stranger, is as enigmatic in tone and reference as its title. Yet despite its mysterious, hermetic shimmer, it is paradoxically clear, a stream of deep emotional rumination. These charged prose poems gather weight and passionate emphasis as they accumulate. Beyond logic, the longings here simplify and answer metaphysical questions that the reader learns to ask as the images offer themselves for ‘deciphering.’”--Carol Muske-Dukes, Los Angeles Times

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