The Joy that Cracked the Mountain

The Joy that Cracked the Mountain

by Patrick O'Connell
     
 

Patrick O'Connell offers an astonishing meditation on desire and gratitude in three lyrical, imagistic suites of poems. The Joy that Cracked the Mountain takes a close look at the material world, reminding us that "it's always the same question/the simple art of being here." The people in these poems endure heartbreak, nightmares, lightning strikes

Overview

Patrick O'Connell offers an astonishing meditation on desire and gratitude in three lyrical, imagistic suites of poems. The Joy that Cracked the Mountain takes a close look at the material world, reminding us that "it's always the same question/the simple art of being here." The people in these poems endure heartbreak, nightmares, lightning strikes, and hallucinations. Yet all the while, the beauty of their "being there" flares as brightly as the candle flames that illuminate their small, impermanent lives. Zen-like in form, simple and profound, humorous at times, and always crystal clear. The joy he speaks of is hard-won, and the book's courageous spiritual celebration takes place in full recognition of the "ten thousand sorrows" of human existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781896239521
Publisher:
J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing
Publication date:
09/16/1999
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick O'Connell is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Hoping for Angels and Falling in Place. He is a recipient of the John Hirsch Award.

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