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This fifth collection of poetry from West Virginia's poet laureate and author of Six O'Clock Mine Report is an extraordinary set of poems which reflects the complexity, the magnanimity, and the resilience of the human spirit. McKinney writes with candor, precision, and compassion; most importantly, though, her poems are accessible to all types of readers.

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"McKinney's poetry reflects the beauty of the state and its residents, and her works are a tribute to the spirit of West Virginia."
Bookshelf Reviews, West Virginia University Alumni Magazine

"Vivid Companion's 44 poems defy the tendency toward female self-deprecation, and McKinney forcefully embraces her body and history as relevant, positive, and spiritual. The poet's intention centers less on confession than understanding as she walks through scenes of her aging body, her father's death, rural surroundings, and a historical interlude on new York's historical Oneida Community . . . While her position as the lifetime poet laureate of West Virginia centers her work on the Appalachians, her scope supercedes territory to encompass the overarching soul of the natural world and femininity in conflict."
Casie FedukovichAmerican Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780937058923
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene McKinney grew up in the small town of Bellington, WV and received her BA at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She received her PhD from the University of Utah. Currently she is the Director of Creative Writing and an associate professor of English at West Virginia Wesleyan College. McKinney was appointed Poet Laureate of West Virginia in 1993. McKinney's real gift is her ability to use her poetry to reflect the beauty of the state and its residents, and her works are a tribute to the spirit of West Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Our lady of the iguanas 3
Gray's anatomy 6
The surgery 7
The stutter 8
Clitoral 10
Fodder 12
Ravi sings 14
Fame 16
Ironweed 17
Personal 18
Constant companion 19
Mary Cragin : the honeymoon, 1834 23
Catherine Baker : arrival at Oneida Creek, 1848 25
The testimony of Harriet Worden, 1850 26
Sarah Burt : the doll burning, 1851 28
Solitude in the Oneida community : Victor Cragin Noyes, 1866 30
Professor Mears of Hamilton College speaks to the court 32
The tree of life tapestry : Jessie Kinsley, 1927 34
Hiding 39
Filthy weather 40
Three three three 42
Immanent 44
Covering up 46
Low red moon 48
Full moon : sitting up late at my father's bedside 49
Monkey heart 55
Home 57
Stained 63
Atavistic 64
Woods burning 66
Redemption 69
Dark rain 70
Homage to Roy Orbison 72
Homage to Baroness Elsa Von Freytag Loringhoven 77
The dream feast 80
Adobe 82
Handholds 83
Face 86
Illuminated manuscript 88
At 24 91
The walk 92
Viridian days 93
Ready 95
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