You Don't Miss Your Water: Poems

Cornelius Eady, Author
Cornelius Eady, Author Henry Holt & Company $20 (33p) ISBN 978-0-8050-3667-1
Reviewed on: 04/03/1995
Release date: 04/01/1995
Paperback - 33 pages - 978-0-8050-3668-8
Paperback - 33 pages - 978-0-88748-416-2
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This is a small book of tremendous power and grace. In 21 poems, Eady (The Gathering of My Name) illuminates experiences evoked by his father's dying, making quick, startling leaps of connection with the precisely chosen details of a born storyteller. Like a high-wire walker moving steadily along an almost invisible tension, Eady writes with simplicity and apparent ease. As he depicts his and his mother's responses to the difficult, belittling and secretive father, a convincing and moving portrait of the three emerges. Blues, rock, pop songs and hymns give these poems titles and context, linking the vernacular with the universal. ``I think that every hymn is a flare of longing, that the key to any heaven is language.'' Eady's joy in language engenders our trust in the music that his art has made of love and pain. (Apr.)
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