Age of Wonders
by Lawrence Kessenich
What people are saying:
Lawrence Kessenich is a poet of honesty and heart, and a fine literary craftsman. I read everything he writes and eagerly anticipate new work from him. Kessenich is a keen observer of the quotidian, particularly strong on family, marriage, and parenting. When his subject is mortality, stillness falls on the page and his poems open into immensities.”
~ David Payne, author of Barefoot to Avalon and award-winning novelist
Thematically arranged in four sections, Age of Wonders oers readers a quiet elegance and meditative beauty through intimate treatments of the larger universe. These are poems of people, place, and self-realization—poems in which the collective spirit is met with respect and sensitivity. Lawrence Kessenich brings us ‘ … a rich, perplexing world that cannot be reduced to obedience andself-denial, any more than a rose bush can be told when to bloom and in what color.’ As the poet continues, ‘rim us too severely and we grow back twice as large, thrice as bright.’ This book is a ‘thrice as bright’ witness to what being human means.”
~ Adele Kenny, Poetry Editor, Tiferet Journal
There is a beautiful sense of acceptance in Lawrence Kessenich’s poems. The
acceptance that we will all get hurt, we all will get lost along the way, and that we will continue to have nagging doubts, all of which we learn from. Through his alchemy of words we slow down and hear our own breath. Kessenich’s poems are profoundly meditative, insightful, evocative and accessible. I highly recommend this new and accomplished collection.”
~ Doug Holder, Allen Ginsberg Literary Community Contribution Award Winner
Before Whose Glory
by Lawrence Kessenich
Before Whose Glory is intelligent, perceptive, deeply human and thoughtfully constructed. Lawrence Kessenich’s poems celebrate ordinary life with apparent ease, but the work leads us to many deeper layers of meaning. A pleasure to read!”
~ Kathleen Spivack, Robert Lowell and his Circle and many books of poetry, www.kathleenspivack.com
These poems show immense loyalty to the craft of poetry, and its pursuit of singular beauty–using words like keynotes of an instrument whose purpose is to stir, and transform us. These poems show a commitment to a full baring of the self, a gesture that requires heart.”
~ Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, Crossroads and Unholy Water, The Company of Heaven, www.marilenephipps.com
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Cost: $15 book (MA State Sales tax included) + $3 shipping for up to four copies sent to the same address.
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Lawrence Kessenich won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry prize and has had three poems nominated for Pushcart Prizes. His poetry has appeared in the Sewanee Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Comstock Review, and many other magazines. Kessenich has published three books of poetry and is the co-managing editor of Ibbbetson Street. He had an essay featured on NPR’s “This I Believe” and in the anthology This I Believe: On Love. His short plays have been produced in New York, Boston, and in Colorado, where he won an award in a national drama competition. His first novel, Cinnamon Girl, will be published in September 2016.