Book of Hours`
Book of Hours`

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.

Title Book of Hours`
Subtitle Poems
Author Kevin Young
Publisher Knopf
Title First Published 04 March 2014
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 208 p.
ISBN-10 0307272249
ISBN-13 9780307272249
Publication Date 04 March 2014
Main content page count 208
Weight 32 oz.
List Price $26.95

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