The River Twice: Poems


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Princeton University Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Kathleen Graber is the author of two previous collections of poetry, The Eternal City (Princeton), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Correspondence. She is associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Powhatan, Virginia.


[P]owerful and deeply convincing . . . [The River Twice] has an undeniable authenticity, not just in feeling but in form as well.---Bruce Whiteman, The Hudson Review
"Readers will find Graber's reflections on a perpetually transforming world relevant, astutely analytic, and deeply felt."-- "Publishers Weekly"
I don't know where this poet has been all my life, but I've certainly missed her -- those long lines that float us through ache and love and quarrels. The only thing that parallels exquisite thought is the poem that carries it. Whether she's picking up dog excrement or tasting a bitter peach or considering Mary Shelley, every word is placed exactly.---Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books-- "Publishers Weekly"
Borrowed from Heraclitus, the conundrum of stepping into the same river twice resonates anew in these poems, as [Kathleen] Graber examines the small tragedies witnessed close to home. . . . Her imagery burns too, from the esoteric to the mundane, all the while keeping pace with constant flow of river that washes us all along, sometimes above the surface, sometimes below.---Glen Young, Petoskey News-- "Publishers Weekly"
Any admirer of Graber's previous work will be familiar already with her penchant for using the words of others to throw doubt and tension into her own poems. With The River Twice, Graber introduces Heraclitus to a list of thinkers she's wrestled with before: St. Augustine, Walter Benjamin, Marcus Aurelius, the list goes on. . . . [S]he's at her best when she allows mystery's presence into her poems.---Will Brebaker, Los Angeles Review of Books-- "Publishers Weekly"
Kathleen Graber takes readers on a fascinating, slow-motion journey in her splendid third book, The River Twice. Simple scenes or observations -- watching pigeons build a nest or visiting a thrift shop -- expand into rich meditations on change and impermanence . . . . Yet even as she contends with time, grief and fear for the planet, she brilliantly balances intelligence and heart, and never forgets the conscious act of looking for beauty---Elizabeth Lund, The Washington Post-- "Publishers Weekly"