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McKinney’s poems are firmly grounded in concern for the ways in which the elemental...
McKinney’s poems are firmly grounded in concern for the ways in which the elemental powers are at work in the Earth and in us: on the surface of our lives, and deeper in the underworld of the coal mines. In these poems, the human world is never seen separate from the natural one.
“When Irene McKinney writes of the ‘black rooms your very body / can move through’ or of ‘the shaven hilly graves we own. / The babies there / that are not me,’ I am there. I am grateful for the poems that burst forth from her West Virginia roots to shape this fine collection.”
THE ONLY PORTRAIT OF EMILY DICKINSON
The Only Portrait of Emily Dickinson
She Speaks of Her Sister
She Says Zero
She Speaks to the Visitor at the Dickinson Homestead
Visiting My Gravesite: Talbott Churchyard, West Virginia
Pike County Breakdown
A Stream in His Mind
To His Wife
The Jewelry Box