About the Author
Chard deNiord is the author of three previous poetry collections: Night Mowing, Sharp Golden Thorn, and Asleep in the Fire. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Crazyhorse, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Salmagundi, and Prairie Schooner. He is associate professor of English at Providence College and cofounder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.
Table of ContentsContents I What a Doll Am I Trailer Renunciation Club Erebus They Are Most at Home Pitch The Police First Sex April 1 The Return of Jan Weiner Instructions for Telling the Truth The Fire in the Distance The Silence II Ockham Applies His Razor to the Thought of Aquinas What Beauty Knows about Itself From the Curriculum of a Serpent Puritan in Flight At the Socratic Sugarhouse The Bride as Scout A History of Love’s Body The Woe That Is in Friendship Dear George The Soul Addresses Her Beloved in the Non-Green Zone The Only Road Yet so as by Fire Sunday Calls III Coyotes The Thinker The Golden Herd Virgil’s Bees In a Dark Wood Storm Cloud The Percherons The Animals August 17 IV After Marlowe Bare and Live This Ecstasy In the Brief Time We Have Left After the Storm To a Grieving Daughter Pomegranate Memoir Absence Confessions of a Priest All the Unlikeness My Love Is a Leaf The Double Dream of a Grievous Man Enkidu’s Lament Dumuzi’s Lament I Orpheus, I Solomon, I Romeo Memory Is a Fire Eros The Double Truth Curtains Postdiluvian The Mystery Acknowledgments
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This is a wonderful book of poetry. As for the subject of his poems, Chard deNiord runs the gamut in this collection, touching on every topic imaginable. A very philosophical poet, his work is often is outside the box and very far from common place. His poems not only make you think, they make you wonder, which is a wonderful trait. I thoroughly enjoyed and it and highly recommend it for the philosophical soul.
The Double Truth is Chard deNiord's fourth book of poetry. His first, Asleep in the Fire, appeared in 1990, his second, Sharp Golden Thorn, in 2003. Of his third, Night Mowing, published in 2005, a cover note accurately credits him with "an abiding sense of the eternal." DeNiord has been staking out a unique poetic landscape from the start: no matter where the poems begin, whether with bees or cows, with mud between the toes or the existence of God, the element of revelation is constant. Most of these eighty-three poems fit on a single page. For readers who tend to laziness when faced with much of today's poetry, deNiord's work is more than accessible. His world extends far beyond rural New England. Whether using rural settings as touchstones or jumping directly into a more abstract and historical frame, the poems consistently rise to that next level of meaning. Early in The Double Truth we find a five-part teaser on the existence of God entitled "Occam Applies his Razor to the Thought of Aquinas," and a prose poem in the voice of Jan Weiner, the Czech Jew who fought in the British air force during World War II after fleeing Nazis in Germany and Czechoslovakia. Whatever the mood or subject, the poems consistently convert to themes of art, reality, love, the Divine. In "At the Socratic Sugar House," a poem which almost immediately recalls Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the speaker and his down-to-earth counterpart discuss the nature of the steam rising from boiling sap. The speaker posits the steam as a ghost or a cloud, and in an aside to the reader, announces, "My mind's the fire that boils the sap that turns to syrup." His partner says the steam is what it is, just steam, but finally concedes, in his own way, that the human imagination colors every observation: You look at the steam and see a ghost. I look at the steam and see my grief. We're close enough in that I guess so let's leave it there. Either way it comes to nothing in the air above the roof. These poems deserve a wide audience.