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Book Of Hours

Young, Kevin

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ISBN 10: 0307272249 / ISBN 13: 9780307272249
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
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Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 185 p. Audience: General/trade. Poetry by African-American poet Kevin Young. Inscribed with Signature by Young on title page. Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. A nice book with Signature by author. First edition. First Edition, First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000621

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Title: Book Of Hours

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A beautiful book of both grief and birth from the award-winning poet whose work thrills his audience with its immediate emotional impact and musical riffs.

A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of the poet's father, we witness the unfolding of his grief. "In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor," he tells us, in one of the collection's piercing two-line poems. Young captures the strange silence of bereavement: "Not the storm/ but the calm/ that slays me." But the poet acknowledges, even celebrates, life's passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence describing the birth of his son: in "Crowning," he delivers what is surely one of the most powerful birth poems written by a man, describing "her face/ full of fire, then groaning your face/ out like a flower, blood-bloom,/ crocused into air." Ending this book of birth and grief, the gorgeous title sequence brings acceptance, asking "What good//are wishes if they aren't/ used up?" while understanding "How to listen/ to what's gone."

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A decade after the sudden and tragic loss of his father, we witness the unfolding of grief. ?In the night I brush / my teeth with a razor,? he tells us, in one of the collection?s piercing two-line poems. Capturing the strange silence of bereavement (?Not the storm / but the calm / that slays me?), Kevin Young acknowledges, even celebrates, life?s passages, his loss transformed and tempered in a sequence about the birth of his son: in ?Crowning,? he delivers what is surely one of the most powerful birth poems written by a man, describing ?her face / full of fire, then groaning your face / out like a flower, blood-bloom,/ crocused into air.? Ending this book of both birth and grief, the gorgeous title sequence brings acceptance, asking ?What good/are wishes if they aren?t / used up?? while understanding ?How to listen / to what?s gone.? Young?s frank music speaks directly to the reader in these elemental poems, reminding us that the right words can both comfort us and enlarge our understanding of life?s mysteries.

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