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The Quick of It

Eamon Grennan
—we have to be at home here no matter what, no matter what the shivering
Belly says, or the dry-salted larynx; no matter the frantic pulse, no matter what happens.
—from "[Because the body stops here. . . ]"

The poems in Eamon Grennan's The Quick of It—each one without title and compacted into ten taught lines—are rendered with exquisite detail and reverence for the everyday elements of weather, landscape, family, art, questions. Grennan's poems are persistent, amplified acts of attention, proving with every detail-light glancing off stone, an orange stem framing a Chardin still life, the contours of the body trapping the mind-that we are our best selves when we are most alert.

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The latest collection by Irish poet Eamon Grennan, winner of the 2003 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize

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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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  • “Highly recommended…”—Library Journal, starred review
  • “Eamon Grennan presents an explicit elucidation of the art of poetry at work in this highly satisfying volume.”—Harvard Review
  • “The world around us throbs with life, and these poems urge the reader to attend that life.”—Magill Book Reviews
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