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Winter Ready: Poems (Paperback)

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Paperback 96 Pages / Published: 12/05/2014
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Winter Readyis a 96-page collection of new poems by a Vermont-based writer who draws from his impressive repertoire of observations and physical landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to bring to the reader poems with universal meaning and at times a painful acuity. Kinsey opens the collection perched up high on the chimney top, working and observing his surroundings, and throughout the book, he never really gets down-he chronicles a people and a place and a time-and keeps the hard work of writing poetry hidden in the seeming effortless verse that is often funny and poignant, yet always sharp and clear. In this new collection by a renowned Vermont poet, the setting is the same, but the voice rings true to the people and the land they inhabit, always respectful of the native peoples who came before and the awesome power of a glacier that carved a path in its wake. These poems evoke a fully realized view of the world the poet inhabits, an awareness of labor and its changing nature. The book moves through poem after glowing poem, evoking natural history, flora and fauna, with a place-based and focused attention.

Publisher: Green Writers Press
ISBN: 9780989983846
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 186 g
Dimensions: 213 x 137 x 10 mm


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A marvelous new collection of poems deeply rooted in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and rural life in general. All of Leland Kinsey's poetry is closely connected to the natural world, with its expert (and highly entertaining) use of history, stories, characters - many from Leland Kinsey's own family and ancestors - and images from nature, rural work and avocations, and the traditions of a very harsh but authentic, off-the-beaten track Vermont. His new collection, WINTER READY, is a chronicle, in poems, of the preparations for winter in the Northeast Kingdom, of a contemporary, rural narrator inextricably connected to the Kingdom, his family past and present, and the natural world. -- Howard Frank Mosher, author of Stranger in the Kingdom
Winter Ready by Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, is just beautiful. Such deep and reverent knowledge of place - the flora, the fauna, the history - and all of those particulars wedded to the poet's own experience through a language that is both musical and precise. I think I will be reading this many times, and can't wait to see it in book form. -- Robin MacArthur, author
For his entire artistic life, Leland Kinsey has been chronicling the profoundest Vermont anyone might possibly know. Native son, he has an eye for the telling physical detail (I am especially taken, for example, by 'Upland Birds'), which he always renders with nonpareil accuracy. But within his vivid sensory world there also lies what I must far too roughly describe as traditional Vermont's spiritual history. Pure and even cruel factuality, elegy, resolution, loss and affirmation - all these qualities fuse in poems like 'Turkey Butcher,' 'Picking Stone,' 'Horseshoeing,' on and on. One walks away from each of these marvels, as from every last poem in WINTER READY, with a sense not only of having been instructed but in some ineffable manner, renewed, even sanctified. -- Sydney Lea, Vermont state poet laureate

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