[part of the April 2006 bookclub Poetry Double Feature]
Contemplative, beautiful, and sometimes haunting, the language in A Garden in Kentucky is deeply rooted in place, mortality, and the capturing of moments. Jane Gentrys words sing with grief, acceptance, and an acute awareness of life. These poems meditate on their subjectsthe sounds of a cricket in an elevator shaft, the emotional act of leaving a daughter at college, a glimpse of two people kissing in an alleywayin precise yet inventive language that creates an intense, heartfelt experience.
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