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Holding Hours (Hardcover) (Christianne Balk)

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Emotion, raw and unadorned, is woven through the poems of Christianne Balk's The Holding Hours. Part I explores the subtle and surprising transformations that come from caring for her young, neurologically injured daughter. Insights unfold in metaphor and persona below the surface of an exquisitely observed life.

Gazing through the lens of other lives challenged by disability and illness, including those of John Muir and the 16th-century Saint Germaine Cousin, these poems place personal experience in the context of pastoral poetic traditions, disability studies, and the history of political disruption.

Balk anchors these meditations within the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. She examines her (and our) relationship with nature—the moon snail, the azalea, snow geese, the dog rose—sing the precise and unsentimental language of a trained naturalist. The sounds and images evoked reveal a stunning artistry—a mediation between self and the world and a celebration of the beauty and fragility of life and the anticipation of rebirth.

Number of Pages: 79
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American / General
Series Title: Pacific Northwest Poetry 2015
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
Author: Christianne Balk
Language: English
Street Date: August 18, 2015
TCIN: 46769588
UPC: 9780295995076
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8787
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