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The Holding: Love in a Time of Loss

Rennie McQuilkin

The Holding focuses on the many ways we can overcome the perils that afflict us during an era of medical, personal, and political plague. At the book's heart is the Alzheimer's of the author's wife and the love it has called forth in him. Presented in roughly chronological order, McQuilkin's poems also address other crises. Subtitled "Love in a Time of Loss," the book deals with everything from the premature death of a friend to the "de-pigeoning" of a garden spot. Always there is an upbeat, often witty tenor to the book, which suggests that the more we are challenged the more we find it in us to call on resources of love and courage that might have lain low in more manageable times. These poems are highly readable and classic in their Quaker-like simplicity. They will make you laugh and cry and cheer for the inspiration they offer.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Antrim House
  • Publish Date: Jan 23rd, 2023
  • Pages: 110
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.26in - 0.38lb
  • EAN: 9798986552231
  • Categories: American - GeneralDiseases & Conditions - Alzheimer's & Dementia

About the Author

McQuilkin, Rennie: - Rennie McQuilkin was Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2015 to 2018. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Yale Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, The American Scholar, Crazyhorse, and elsewhere. This is his twentieth poetry collection. He has received a number of awards for his work, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the CT Commission on the Arts, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Connecticut Center for the Book. In 2010 his volume of new and selected poems, The Weathering, was awarded the Center's annual poetry prize under the aegis of the Library of Congress; and in 2018, North of Eden received the Next Generation Indie Book Award in Poetry. For nine years he directed the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, which he co-founded at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut. He lives at Seabury in Bloomfield, CT.