The Radiant

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Four Way Books, 2003 - Poetry - 82 pages
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In Cynthia Huntington's The Radiant, what is most tragic can, and often does, become beautiful. "What/ is memory? Who stays to mourn?/ It seems we feel so much/ and then we die. The marsh hawk/ veers over the grass, listening."

Poems about Multiple Sclerosis and domestic turmoil are never drowned in the rhetoric of complaint, but seized by language that is intense yet seeks the equilibrium of its own level: "His loneliness is cold water. that makes rocks shine. Great stillness/ where he is. Then, slowly, birds."

The poems in The Radiant flow brutally from a scarred heart, from "what grows hard, and cannot be repaired." But in the end these are prayers of thankfulness, prayers that transcend desire: ". . . we belong here, where no one is refused,/ in the room we come to at last--immortal,/ irreparable, beyond hope."

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User Review  - Matthew Richards - Goodreads

Not my favorite collection of hers, but well worth reading for the four curse poems surrounding her divorce. If you are new to Cynthia's work, I recommend Heavenly Bodies. Read full review

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User Review  - Dana - Goodreads

I didn't so much care for the second and third sections, but the first and the last sections were absolutely gorgeous. It was great recognizing points in Provincetown that she writes about, great getting that reminder of the water and sky and rocks there. Read full review

Contents

On the Atlantic
3
The Rapture
21
Ghost
27
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

CYNTHIA HUNTINGTON is the author of The Fish-Wife, We Have Gone to the Beach, and The Salt House (prose). She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Massachusetts Artists Council, and The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Huntington is Professor of English and Director of the Program in Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

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