Young Rain

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2009 - Poetry - 80 pages
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"With Young Rain Kevin Hart continues his 'transmemberment of song' into a realm all his own. . . ." --Harold Bloom

"Kevin Hart is one of the finest poets writing in English today. I admire his erudition and his imagination, the way history, art, myth, literature and many things come together in his poetry. This book will be a feast for those who want poetry to be both metaphysics and song. An absolutely original and indispensable poet." --Charles Simic   "Kevin Hart is one of the most sophisticated poets writing today, though the poems in Young Rain are disarmingly straightforward. They have an ease and lucidity that makes them seem almost casual, so that it is with a feeling of surprise that you realize that you have been drawn into a conversation of the utmost gravity concerning the private reaches of the self, darkness, and death, as in the powerful sequences 'Night Music' and 'Dark Retreat.' There is nothing oppressive about them, though, and the limpid rigor of the intellect they embody is leavened by the tenderness and sensuality of the poems in another sequence, 'Amo te Solo,' which possesses a lustiness that would seem at home in the Bible but has almost disappeared from contemporary poetry." --John Koethe   In a 1985 interview with fellow poet John Kinsella, Kevin Hart reflected on the nature of poetry: "People sometimes think that the spiritual world is distinct from, even distant from, this world. . . . But the spiritual world is within this one: not as a secret, but as a radiance. . . . We find it through God's grace and our attention. Poetry is one form of attention, and poetry does not lead us to another world: it shows us this world, this relationship, this chair, this ivy on the outside wall." In Young Rain, Hart continues his exploration of the mysterious radiance within this world.

". . . Kevin Hart is the best Australian poet of the past 25 years." --Mark Strand

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Contents

My Name
11
That Life
12
Finland
13
Snow
14
15
15
The Word
16
Inside
17
Bread
18
Here
39
The Great Truths
40
To Think of You Tonight
41
At the Barbizon
42
The Past
43
The Clock
44
Hands
45
Tang Retreat 46 1 The Traders Wife
46

Round
19
Summer
20
Summer Rain
21
Nights
22
A Sleeping Girl
23
Prayer
24
2
25
Amo te Solo
26
3
37
Night
38
How My Roof Blew Away
47
Thinking of David Campbell
48
Birthday Card
49
Nights
50
Reading St Gregory of Nyssa
51
Lightning Words
52
We talked of prayer that night
54
Prayer
55
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About the author (2009)

Kevin Hart is Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies, University of Virginia. The author of seven volumes of poetry, he is also the author or editor of a number of scholarly books, including Counter-Experiences: Reading Jean-Luc Marion (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007).

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