Before Whose Glory

Before Whose Glory Book ReviewBefore Whose Glory by Lawrence Kessenich 2013 FutureCycle PressLawrence Kessenich s Before Whose Glory is his first full length collection of poems, published in 2013 by FutureCycle Press Kessenich writes about time and space, people and places, unfathomable mysteries and the beauty of nature, the human condition and the experience of being alive Before Whose Glory is a collection of beautifully crafted poems, each one a story, each one its own self contained universe To say that Kessenich s poems are accessible is not to say they are without depth The poems in this collection are deceptively complex, intricately layered and subtly nuanced Each poem offers a clear path through the piece without obfuscation, needlessly difficult arcane references or unintelligible abstractions that might otherwise leave me bewildered and wondering if I ve missed the point These pieces are compelling and evocative They insinuate their way into my subconscious and run through my head like my favorite songs They are poems I find myself going back to and noticing something new with each reading Kessenich s poetry is narrative and reflective and the artist s sensibilities are pervasive throughout the collection His understated, gently ironic humor and sense of the absurd comes through in the pieces based on true stories ripped from the news that are stranger than fiction Other poems are poignant and compassionate reflections on relationships and family life written from the perspective of being a kid with a paper route, a son, a lover, a husband, a father, or a citizen of planet Earth In his well crafted, symmetrical poems, Kessenich demonstrates a dazzling ability for juxtaposing the mundane with the sublime Some pieces begin in a very ordinary setting and end in reverent contemplation of the spiritual and metaphysical and sometimes it s the other way around Either way, the poems in Before Whose Glory give me cause to pause stop what I m doing, question, reflect, appreciate and remind me to be grateful for life and all its blessings. We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us Excerpts VICTORIAN PAINTINGThe girl in the foreground is muteas the gray stump of house behind her.Something pushes out from behind her face,enlarges her ears, expands her head.Her hat no longer fits It liesdiscarded on the lawn, red ribbon trailing.Her parents have not moved for an hour.The mother is sheathed in black,the father in Sunday best.The cat near the pram is not a cat at all it is a stone Nor is the sheep alive.It must have wandered into the yardand froze Nothing moves here,though the girl may try The hillbeneath her feet is a gripped fist.LOVE A MISCONCEPTIONThe spring moon rose like a promiseover Lake Michigan, a transparentorb in which we read our future Youwould capture the world insidethe black box of your Nikon Iwould do the same with words.Kneeling on the damp sand, all we sawwas possibility Rays of moonshinelaid a path across the still water we imagined following it overthe event horizon into our dreams.Only later would we kneel before each other,begging understanding and mercy.Only later would we learn thatmoonshine also burns like kerosene.Only later would we discover the true definitionof event horizon the surface of a black hole a point of no return anything within itcan t get out, even at the speed of light. From An Elderly Spaniard Building His Own Cathedral To A Straight Laced Woman Mortified To Have Been Born At Woodstock, From Ill Fated Love Beneath A Kerosene Moon On The Shores Of Lake Michigan To Loneliness Relieved By Utter Silence In Alps, Lawrence Kessenich S Poems Draw Vivid Portraits Of His Own Powerful Experiences And Those Of Colorful Individuals, Real And Imagined, Who Engage Life Passionately

Lawrence Kessenich is a fiction writer, poet, playwright, essayist, reviewer, editor, and teacher He has published a number of short stories and won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize He has published three books of poetry Strange News, Before Whose Glory, and Age of Wonders He has also published essays, one of which was featured on NPR s This I Believe and appears in the anthol

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  • Paperback
  • 86 pages
  • Before Whose Glory
  • Lawrence Kessenich
  • English
  • 13 September 2019
  • 9781938853111

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