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Exit Garden State

John Hennessy

John Hennessy's Exit Garden State never strays far from family life as it ranges from childhood in New Jersey's industrial corridor to mid-life in the woods of New England, from Rahway prison's sullen grey dome, Newark's steel flyway, to Lisbon's labyrinths and miradouros, from the smooth volcanic peaks of the Cyclades to his dead in Dublin. Keenly mindful of their ancestors and the immigrations that have brought them here, the speakers of these poems, their various personae, explore the knots of familial experience, what it's like to be both parent and child simultaneously, to be embraced by family as well as to lose it, to celebrate kinship and endure its sorrows and changes. Hennessy remains rooted in the propulsive energy of his lines, the clarity of his craft, while traversing emotional territory as broad as the book's geography.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Lost Horse Press
  • Publish Date: Sep 15th, 2024
  • Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9798989096510
  • Categories: American - GeneralSubjects & Themes - FamilySubjects & Themes - Places

About the Author

Hennessy, John: -

John Hennessy is the author of two previous collections, Coney Island Pilgrims and Bridge and Tunnel, and his poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2024, The New Republic, Poetry, The Yale Review, and more. With Ostap Kin he is the translator of Serhiy Zhadan's award-winning A New Orthography, the anthology Babyn Yar: Ukrainian Poets Respond , and Yuri Andrukhovych's Set Change. Hennessy is the poetry editor of The Common and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Praise for this book

"Dantean in its depth, redemptively comedic, impassioned and compassionate, spirited and contemplative, Exit Garden State indisputably proves John Hennessy to be among the indispensable poets of his generation."

--Lawrence Joseph, author of A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems

"The tonal and formal range of these poems, now employing deliberate syntactic twists, now straightforward speech, and always a distinctive musicality, show us a poet with a remarkable gift to convey the ways that strong feeling can lead to wisdom."

--Mary Jo Salter, author of Zoom Rooms: Poems

"Vulnerable and formally dexterous, this fine collection manages to be haunted by personal history and all of that which we stand to inherit, and yet brimming, somehow, with hope."

--Nathan McClain, author of Previously Owned

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