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Book of Hours: Poems
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication date March 4, 2014
Pages 185
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307272249
ISBN-10 0307272249
Dimensions 0.75 by 6.25 by 9.50 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
Original list price $26.95
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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9780307272249 | details & prices | 185 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $26.95
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