LESLIE HARRISON

Books

 

"There is a poignancy, poise, and a presence about this book and about its traffic between secrecy and dis-closure that allows it to have an unusual force, and a true grip on its reader. This is a real lyric journey; and the reader will take it, too."

                                   —Eavan Boland in the preface

"A heart wrenching, fabulous book about love and betrayal. Through mythic disguise and formal control, it enacts a devastatingly exact account of marital breakdown, erotic vagrancy, regret and anger...A tough and beautiful collection."

                               —Alan Shapiro, author of Old War

Before the Door of God traces the development of devotional English-language poetry from its origins in ancient hymnody to its current twenty-first-century incarnations. The poems in this volume demonstrate not only that devotional poetry—poetry that speaks to the divine—remains in vigorous practice, but also that the tradition reaches back to the very origins of poetry in English.

         Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson, editors

The Book of Scented Things is an anthology of 100 contemporary poets writing about perfume edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby. It is the first trade paperback anthology from the Literary House Press, the publishing arm of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College.

       

The poems in Leslie Harrison’s The Book of Endings test for themselves Wallace Stevens’ assertion, “There is no wing like meaning.”  Each poem takes up the challenge “to attempt meaning” in a world marked by loss, “to unfold the dead hawk’s wing and ask it about flight.”  The reader first feels the musical delicacy of these lines — and then their ferocity.  Part prayer, part protest, these poems both wish for and — necessarily — resist the desire to mend the world.

                       —Jennifer Clarvoe, author of Counter Amores

In the alchemy of these darkly fluid poems, grief and solace meet. There is also the clash between isolation and the profound solitude encountered in the natural world. The result is an ongoing prayer for consolation, even if such prayer flies into the heavens without answer. Yet these predicaments leave us this absorbing book, an island in the sea of the human spirit, and a claim for the transcendent value of art.

                     —Maurice Manning, author of One Man’s Dark

Still Life With Poem is an anthology in which poets were asked to create (or to imagine) their own still lifes and to write poems in response to these thoughtful arrangements of things. And although still life paintings are often viewed as unmoving, quiet works of art, this anthology presents a collection of energetic, urgent voices; these poems speak to current events, the making of art, the domestic, the past, the body, faith, the environment, and the losses we all face. Edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby