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Publish Date: February 2007
Willow Room, Green Door
New and Selected Poems
BY Deborah Keenan
Written over the course of three decades, this extraordinary collection of new and selected poems presents a body of work from Deborah Keenan that is expressive variously of love and rage, vulnerability and authority, distraction and focus, and perhaps above all, a sharply empathetic sense of observation. Deborah Keenan’s work balances holding on to what is dear with letting go of what she cannot change.
With refreshing curiosity, these poems capture rich layers of life in trial and bliss alike, enabling us at last to see what a number of her contemporaries have recognized for some time: Deborah Keenan is one of our great poets.
“Reading these poems it often seemed as if each individual line was a poem in itself and contained, in miniature, the whole. . . . In the end, what Willow Room, Green Door offers more than anything else is sheer pleasure: this is lyric poetry that sings, enchants, debunks and then reconstructs the truths and mysteries of our lives.”–Jim Moore, author of Lightning at Dinner