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This fifth collection of poetry from West Virginia's poet laureate and author of Six O'Clock Mine Report is an extraordinary set of poems which reflects the complexity, the magnanimity, and the resilience of the human spirit. McKinney writes with candor, precision, and compassion; most importantly, though, her poems are accessible to all types of readers....

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ISBN : 9780937058923
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 98 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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  • Hilary
    2019-06-10 18:32

    This is a beautiful collection of poetry by West Virgnia's Poet Laureate. Inherent within the whole of the poems is a beautiful understanding of place. The various locations throughout her poetry make themselves known and felt, and her poems often don't simply see the place as it is now, but rather the whole of its past and all of the meaning within stretching out into its distance, layer upon layer, all melding together. There's weight to her poetry, and I adore that.The Oneida poems are collected in this book as well (though I don't know if perhaps she's published more?) Regardless, I recommend you read the note at the back of the book prior to digging into that section. Through poetry, she tells the story of that cult, its beliefs, and its final persecution. It's a fascinating character study through several generations and a beautiful, respectful view of a rather strange set of beliefs. I loved this collection of poetry, and I'm really looking forward to reading more byIrene McKinney.

  • Amy Jones
    2019-05-22 13:30

    Irene is my FAVORITE contemporary poet......doesn't hurt that she is WV grown too. I am blessed to have her work in my life.

  • Emily
    2019-06-19 16:22

    I adore Irene McKinney's poetry. She covers topics from what if feels like to watch your father die to different viewpoints of patrons in a sex cult. I love her imaginative and honest poetry.

  • Roxytoddroxytodd
    2019-06-09 14:35

    amazing woman. WV grown.

  • Alicia
    2019-06-18 19:22

    After saying that I wanted to read more poetry, my professor gave me this book along with a few others to peruse, and I read this one on a Saturday afternoon. McKinney writes with a sense of historicity, questioning, and honesty. I particularly enjoyed her two poems "Covering Up" and "Ironweed."From Ironweed: "Everything resists; there is iron in the rootsand the squared-off stem, silted into its deepest chambers,and this weed stands on the slope above the dry creekbedand refuses nearly everything."