( kindle / Ebook ) Book of Hours Poems by Kevin Young

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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 lif. In the poem Solace Kevin Young describes how Desire s murmur is not fire but water waded out into or washed over us undertow we feed are fed from the absolution of skin And in the poem Wintering he explains how Mourning I ve learned is just a moment many grief the long betrothal beyond Grief what we wed These excerpts from Book of Hours provide only a small glimpse of why Kevin Young is a master of the compact verse and a master at making profound observations with very few words In the volume s first two sections titled Domesday Book and The Book of Forgetting the poems address Young s grief and his haunting remembrances over the loss of his father Although sorrowful and full of mourning these pieces express deeply the honor and reverence he had for his father In the section that follows titled Confirmation Young delivers a series of poems that reflect upon his pending fatherhood and the birth of his son This section gushes with overwhelming emotion In each of these first three sections the poems are exceptional They are pitch perfect in tone rhythm and word choice The ideas in each poem flow seamlessly into one another and the themes powerfully reinforce and expand from poem to poem The final two sections of the book are abstract and rambling They lack the specificity and poignancy of the earlier poems Yet one of the best pieces Ruth appears late in the volume It reiterates feelings of sorrow and how to overcome them Young discusses how Every pore mourns Not the brain nor the chest where bereavement nests but the body whole how it burns Later in that same poem he observes how Even healing hurts Our bodies leave us little choice scars that way are ruthless Overall Kevin Young s collection of poems establishes its power in the first half of the book and that is enough to make this a sensational work from one of America s preeminent poets

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Book of Hours Poems

The gorgeous title seuence brings acceptance asking “What goodare 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 mysteri. A moving portrait in five sections of the poet s grief over his father s sudden death of grief over miscarriage and grief generally and of human generations The facts of the father s death are revealed gradually over the course of several poems the third and central section describes the birth and early months of the poet s sonI enjoyed the narrative poems best but even the invocational poems in the final section Book of Hours are captivating in their imagery and rhythms

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E’s passages his loss transformed and tempered in a seuence 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 first and last sections of this collection were lovely meditations of grief and loss Those by themselves would have earned five stars After awhile though I ran into the same problem I have with most of Young s previous collections long books of short lined poems start to feel very one note to me after awhile Young s books are like box sets instead of albums More isn t always to me


10 thoughts on “Book of Hours Poems

  1. says:

    Young delves into the sorrow and grief of losing a loved one in this case his father while simultaneously exploring the joy of new life in the birth of a child It's a harrowing and touching collection that vacillates between these emotions and many in exacted yet accessible poems

  2. says:

    In the poem “Solace” Kevin Young describes how “Desire’s murmur is not fire but water waded out into or washed over us undertow we feed are fed from— the absolution of skin” And in the poem “Wintering” he explains how “Mourning I’ve learned is just a moment many grief the long betrothal beyond Grief wh

  3. says:

    This was a beautiful collection of poems I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a uick yet thought provoking read “Y

  4. says:

    The strongest section in the book is the first a series of elegies and laments over the loss of a father Style of poems is

  5. says:

    What goodare wishes if they aren'tused up?A book about dying and also living With death as a constant companionYoung strips down and exposes the experience of being in this world of continually losing what is most precious and necessary while also honoring and appreciating what remains He celebrates births and m

  6. says:

    The first and last sections of this collection were lovely meditations of grief and loss Those by themselves would have earned five s

  7. says:

    Fantastic I will come back to this for a long time

  8. says:

    Maybe I should read poetry because some of these book collections are amazing It really changes the poetry readi

  9. says:

    A moving portrait in five sections of the poet's grief over his father's sudden death of grief over miscarriage and grief generally and of human generations The facts of the father's death are revealed gradually over the course of several poems; the third and central section describes the birth and early months of the poet's sonI

  10. says:

    Reads like a narrative and rightly so Sonically and lyrically tautAs a collection about griefmourningforgetting reminded m

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