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Book of Hours

Book of Hours

by Kevin Young

Not the storm/but the calm/that slays me.


Kevin Young (photo: Melanie Dunea / CPi)

Lauded today as "one of the poetry stars of his generation" (Los Angeles Times), Kevin Young is an NEA fellow and award-winning author of 11 books of poetry and prose. In Book of Hours, Kevin chronicles and links two profound life experiences: the death of his father and the birth of his son. Named one of the "ten essential poetry titles for 2014" by Library Journal, the book's themes are universally resonant, its poems at once intimate and relatable. "If you read no other book of poetry this year, this should be the one" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). "I've read plenty of books about grief and about coming through grief in my life, but I've never before encountered a book that gets it as right as Kevin Young's Book of Hours," writes The Stranger. "It's one of those rare reading experiences that I recognized, even as I read it, as a book I was going to buy over and over again, to give as a gift to friends who've had that certain hole cut out of them, the loss that you can recognize from a distance, even in the happiest of times."

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