Still Life with Waterfall by Eamon Grennan

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Whether attending to a painting, a moment of love, or a hawk hunting over marshland, Eamon Grennan, in the words of the poet and critic Cal Bedient, "presents the commonplace in so luminous a spirit that it spreads meaning, by analogy, into our own lives." In this bold collection, Grennan widens his poetic gaze on the natural world and brings sharp focus to moments of intimacy, capturing in fresh verse the age-old connections between lovers.

About Eamon Grennan

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Eamon Grennan is an Irish citizen who has lived in the United States for over thirty years. He teaches English at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. His books include So It Goes (finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize), What Light There Is and Other Poems (finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), As If It Matters, and Leopardi: Selected Poems, which received the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.
Published August 1, 2001 by The Gallery Press. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The relationship of Grennan's speaker to this natural world is ambivalent—occasionally an agent of destruction, but usually an observer, watching "through an accidental crack in the curtain" a world that seems indifferent to observation or consciousness.

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Cast in free verse but ghosted by the metered line, these finely nuanced poems examine subjects as diverse as a marsh hawk ("patrolling / possibility"), wind chimes ("querulous in their immense / present instant"), a dancing child, sexual encounters, a hare nibbling "the good grass of the present...

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