by Kimberly Johnson • from Uncommon Prayer • Persea Books
Kimberly Johnson is the author of two previous poetry collections, the co-editor of Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry, and a translator of Virgil's Georgics.
Johnson has established herself as one of the few poets today who successfully mesh learnedness with heart...
"Poetry is broken language. Even in its “prose” incarnations —proems, prose poems—when lineation is not formally observed, poetry works the break. It interrupts, truncates, burglarizes. Poetry ruptures and ameliorates. Hardly ever housebroken, it often acts as a breaker box for the incendiary currents coursing through us. Poems break hearts. They break the news, however difficult. Rarely garnering for their makers fame and fortune, poems may nonetheless embody—in their breaching and bridging of the large distances—a stroke of luck, a stroke of mercy."
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