From A Celebration Of Birds To A First Person Account Of Mary Shelley S Miscarriage, McKinney The Girl With The Stone In Her Lap Reveals An Impressive Range In Subject And Tone Of Voice Sometimes She Simply Takes Notice Of The World In All Its Beauty, Oddity And Humor, As In A Scene From Potts Farms, Summer 1955 Aunt Floss Is Baking Bread And Laughing, Clacking Her False Teeth Elsewhere Her Observations Shed Light On The Observer Starlings In The Walls At Night Suggest The Discord Within The Narrator My Feet Chilling On The Bare Boards, Birds In My Blood, On My Hair While The Speaker S Nonchalant Tone And The Ordinary Images Depicted In Pike County Breakdown Make The Poem All The Frightening Some Readers May Find The Central Sequence Of Poems Spoken By Emily Dickinson Less Convincing, And McKinney S Evenness Of Emotional Pitch Enervates And Frustrates At Times But This Collection Contains Writing That Intrigues And Disturbs. This is my vote for Irene s best book I love the poem about spreading out luxuriously spreading out in her own grave plot plus the one of her former husband That s living life and making the best of a bad situation The title poem resonates with anyon
Having had the privilege of taking a writing course from Irene when in Bellingham, WA I found her poetry to speak from the soul You can almost taste the earth with her words and cadence.
- 48 pages
- Six O'Clock Mine Report (Pitt Poetry Series)
- Irene McKinney
- 23 January 2019 Irene McKinney