Willow Room, Green Door
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. 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 to see what a number of her contemporaries have recognized for some time: Deborah Keenan is one of our great poets.
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Praise and Prizes
“This collection takes the reader through almost three decades of work, poems that embody consciousness—that quicksilver state of being that gives life not just its meaning, but its savor—in a way unlike anything else we have in contemporary American poetry. 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.”
“My god, these are beautiful poems. I feel as if a great soul is speaking in these poems, after long thought and meditation and inward dialogue.”