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Out of Sight

New and Selected Poems
Eamon Grennan
Stumble on, so, to true wakefulness,

all dreams dissipated, and stop silenced on a seal-smooth rock

half-buried in sand, knowing nothing but the burden

of what you've seen, pondering the simple specific gravity of it,

-from "From This to That"
Out of Sight
collects poetry from across Eamon Grennan's decorated career, with generous portions of his seven previous books and more than thirty new poems never before published in book form. This is the definitive book by one of contemporary poetry's most sensual and shimmering voices.

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The retrospective collection by Eamon Grennan, whose poetry "illuminates, clarifies, and directs our gaze toward what it is we love but often overlook"—The New Yorker

About the Author

Eamon  Grennan
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Eamon Grennan is the author of numerous books, including There Now,Out of Sight: New & Selected Poems, and Still Life with Waterfall, winner of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, and the west of Ireland.
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  • “Plainspoken and richly evocative. . . . The surface narrative of a Grennan poem is often an everyday moment—a bee becomes trapped behind window glass, a garbage collector upturns shining cans, a father watches his son embark on a train—that illuminates emotional truths lurking just out of sight.”—Chronogram
  • “Sensual poems. . . . Grennan is a master of metaphor and the sounds, smells, colors, and meanings of the natural, everyday world.”—Sacramento Book Review
  • “The natural setting’s as regularly present in [Grennan’s] stuff as a pulse, and always, always, sooner into the poem than you’d expect, he cracks this world open, allows strange sounds to come out through his lines.”—Corduroy Books
  • "Part journey and part incantation, this startling collection of poems spanning Grennan's award-winning career is as satisfying and cohesive as if it had been composed all at once. . . . Unafraid to venture away from his poignant landscapes into the darker corners of the human mind, Grennan maintains a fearless honesty throughout, keeping the focus on the vibrant power of his words."—Big Muddy
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