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Keep And Give Away
     

Keep And Give Away

by Susan Meyers
 

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Keep and Give Away was selected by Terrance Hayes as the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

In her first full-length collection, Susan Meyers guides us through her examination of life's ordinary moments and the seemingly ordinary images that abide in them to reveal the extraordinary. From

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Keep and Give Away was selected by Terrance Hayes as the inaugural winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize sponsored by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative.

In her first full-length collection, Susan Meyers guides us through her examination of life's ordinary moments and the seemingly ordinary images that abide in them to reveal the extraordinary. From minutia to marriage, crumbs to crows, nothing is too commonplace to escape her attention as she traverses terrains of childhood, loss, relationships, and death. Mostly lyrical and often elegiac, the poems of Keep and Give Away move along the rifts between the past and present, the lived and desired. The dominant emotions of the verses are deepened by observations rooted in our natural world, where birds are "yeses quickening the air" and the sky can "lap you up, and up." In the book's final section, marriage poems turn to fishing and gardening for their truths, contemplations that recognize the realities of a world governed by luck, imperfection, contraries, and-most of all-love.

Editorial Reviews

Peter Makuck
"The images in Keep and Give Away are striking and resonate with the book’s central paradox of loving and letting go. . . . This is a first collection full of finely crafted poems-free verse and poems in form-that are alive and radiantly detailed, pleasurable and poignant."
author of Off-Season in the Promised Land
Cathy Smith Bowers
"In poems as skillfully crafted as they are inspired, Meyers holds tight to the tenuous things of this world, polishing and polishing each until it glows. This is a stunning body of work."
author of A Book of Minutes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570036705
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
South Carolina Poetry Book Prize Ser.
Pages:
106
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)

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