Acts: Poems

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.7 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Spencer Reece's first book of poetry, The Clerk´s Tale, was selected by Louise Glück as winner of the Bakeless Prize and recognized with an award from the Library of Congress. His second collection, The Road to Emmaus, was long-listed for the National Book Award and short-listed for the Griffin Prize. Reece has also edited a bilingual anthology of poems by the abandoned girls of Our Little Roses, Counting Time Like People Count Stars; written a poet's memoir, The Secret Gospel of Mark; and published a book of watercolors, All the Beauty Still Left. An Episcopal priest, he served in San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Madrid; and New York City. He is the vicar of St. Paul's, Wickford, Rhode Island.

"The excellent latest from Reece is immersed in a faithful, but not unquestioning, lyricism, in part inflected by his life as a priest . . . Righteousness and puritanism are the enemy in these pages, and a leavening wit seeks to amplify, and deepen, an erotic of piety . . .These poems are generously companionable hymns of delight in service." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"For Reece, the challenge is to write the words as lovingly as he is supposed to perform the acts the words describe, but which are wordless. The best poems in this collection enact this paradox, which is nowhere near as simple as it sounds." --Michael Autrey, Booklist

". . . when you / become a ghost in one world you become / a guest in another. . ." Spencer Reece writes poems of deep searching--haunted, haunting meditations on what it feels like to be in and out of place. In this book absence and presence are never quite opposites, and a quest for the meanings of home nurtures a lyricism of rare and beautiful combinations: perplexity and wisdom, desirousness and patience, risk and restraint. Acts is-in the full sense of the word--a blessing." --Matthew Bevis, author of Wordsworth's Fun