Title: Silk Fist Songs
Publisher: Antrim House
Book Condition: Very Good
0979845114 Very Good Condition. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Bookseller Inventory # Z0979845114Z2
Synopsis: Silk Fist Songs is a stunning debut depicting the author's childhood, coming of age, love and marriage; her troubled and loving relationship with a father and brother; her grief at the loss of both; and her search for personal identity in the wake of shattering loss.
How is it that death, its brutal emptying out, provokes our ripest understandings; that grief, like poetic form, conditions and frees the heart into song? These are the mysteries at the heart of Marilyn Johnston's beautifully realized collection, which was begotten in the loss of a father and brother. But how much life is in these poems, in their depiction of family, of childhood memory, of evolving love...! Ms. Johnston's sensibility has all the lush realism of one of those wonderful 17th Century Dutch portrait painters: one wants to reach out and touch the page-become-canvas, so vividly do these poems embody their characters. But another mystery: it's her verbal precision that produces the allusiveness of Ms. Johnston's music, allowing the poems to pierce through to the great powers see-sawing through our lives. In one poem she tells of the painstaking care with which the "Lord of Broken Things" would restore salvaged items "by hand, or mind, or magic." I say, praise that Lord, patron deity of this meticulously crafted and profoundly moving book. --Clare Rossini, author of Winter Morning with Crow, winner of the 1996 Akron Poetry Prize
Marilyn Johnston's poems are written exactly where feeling becomes language, as if conceived in that moment just before sleep when we let down our guard and open to our own wholeness. They are beautifully crafted, but even more importantly, the poet has been relentless in her avoidance of the false note. These poems are true, and human, and ones you'll want to live with. This is a very strong first book. --Doug Anderson, author of Blues for Unemployed Secret Police
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