2 a.m. with Keats

2 a.m. with Keats

by Eileen Cleary
2 a.m. with Keats

2 a.m. with Keats

by Eileen Cleary


    Qualifies for Free Shipping
    Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Tuesday, October 3
    Check Availability at Nearby Stores

Related collections and offers


As I read Eileen Cleary's 2 a.m. with Keats, I felt breathless, suspended in a place of red keys, plum stones, cats, willows, and sphinxes. It would minimize the reach of this brilliant collection to call it an elegy or a eulogy, or even a love story to Lucie Brock-Broido or John Keats - though it is all of those things. Here, in this place where "the elm says Grief and the oak, Grief," the poems shine and scatter across the pages like "a phantom of stars." Cleary engages the rhythms of another world, of "sweet music honeyed and unheard," where "Lucie reaches forty years back. . . ."

Embracing the quirkiness of Brock-Broido's imagery and the love of Keats's line, Cleary creates a séance of astronomy, searching for the origins of human and poetic magic, where "looking for signs means I've / once been broken." I will return to 2 a.m. with Keats again and again, to remember Lucie and Keats, to inhale "rose milk . . . mint." - Jennifer Martelli, author of In the Year of Ferraro

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949279337
Publisher: Nixes Mate Books
Publication date: 04/15/2021
Pages: 62
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.13(d)
From the B&N Reads Blog

Customer Reviews