08 - Repairs by Jessica de Koninck Oct 21, 2008 18:05:36 GMT 2
Post by shayepoet on Oct 21, 2008 18:05:36 GMT 2
Jessica de Koninck
Gracefully yet forcefully, Jessica de Koninck's poems confront the presence of absence, that sense of utter loss that binds us while it illuminates life's starkest, most touching depths. These are poems that will remain with any reader, hands reaching out across real gulfs, stays against what cannot be stayed.
The Last Chapter
You expect at the end, to get
a call. God will say, It's your time.
Get ready. You know endings
don't work that way. Endings
are like poems. Always a little
surprise, designed to take
the breath away.
first appeared in Bridges
Review for Repairs:
"These poems go beyond grief and a widow startled into a new life. They celebrate a good marriage and the strength of love. Here de Koninck's irony plays out in questions, as in the poem 'Absence,' where the simple difficulty is in answering the gas man's question, 'is my husband at home.' Similarly, the poem that asks 'How Far Away is Dead' explores the very questions we most want answered but for which there is no definitive response: 'Space folds in on itself / like the curved nuances of memory / or grief's sharp creases / in the brain...' "
--Priscilla Orr, Literary Gazette Review of Books, 2007
About the author:
Jessica de Koninck's poems appear in a variety of journals and anthologies. A graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University Law School, she is the Director of Legislative Services for the New Jersey Department of Education and is currently in the MFA program at Stonecoast.
ISBN 1 - 59924 - 113 - 7, 26 pages, $14.00
Finishing Line Press, Dec. 2006
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