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Happiness

Poems by Deborah Keenen

“These poems are quick-witted, tender, and generous, and they are so truthful to the passionate trials of familial lives that they seems eerie—they are that accurate.” —Charles Baxter, author of Shadow Play

May 1995
6 x 9 | 96 pages
Paperback Original

ISBN: 978-1-56689-033-5.

$11.95

Description

Poems by Deborah Keenen

Awards

1996 Minnesota Book Award for Poetry Finalist

Reviews

“These poems are quick-witted, tender, and generous, and they are so truthful to the passionate trials of familial lives that they seems eerie—they are that accurate.” —Charles Baxter, author of Shadow Play

Happiness is a theater of unmaskings. This poet faces history by telling the truth about love and rage, grief and recovery, letting go and going on. By dint of scrupulous perception, and regard, Deborah Keenan re-visions the miracle of ordinary life until the past becomes a dialogue she holds with mother language and us.” —Carol Conroy, author of The Beauty Wars

“Here are poems written with an intense and urgent matter-of-factness that’s nothing short of miraculous, like flying in dreams, where how we got there is a mystery, yet there we are, soaring.” —Jim Krusoe, editor of The Santa Monica Review

“A poet who has the courage and honesty to write equally of love and its betrayals, forces which are so often—perhaps always—at the heart of the stories that matter most to us. . . . What we are given is a very large history, the history of the human heart as it tries to find a home for itself in this country, at the end of this century.” —Jim Moore, author of The Long Experience of Love