Item description for House of Affection by Wendy Wood Kwitny...
House of Affection is a book of lyrics and prose poems on love, on the approaching death and afterdeath of a loved husband and on the birth of his child. "What's new?" you might ask. What's new is the beauty of Wendy Wood's poetry, the richness of life that is in her work and precision of her language and observation. Death, love, birth and motherhood open her to the intense spirituality of her marvelous, everyday experience. Her poetry in its many modes consoles us with a unique grace; her artistry does not sadden us but lifts our spirits.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.42" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher Sheep Meadow
ISBN 1931357145 ISBN13 9781931357142
Availability 0 units.
More About Wendy Wood Kwitny
WENDY WOOD KWITNY was born in Toledo, Ohio educated at Bennington College. She participated in the Academy of American Poets University and College Prize Program and received the George Bogan Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America. She now lives in Princeton with her sons, Woody and Peter.
Reviews - What do customers think about House of Affection?
A poignant picture of love in the midst of death May 5, 2004
Wendy Wood Kwitny's book is moving and beautiful, both her poems and her prose. While writing of the heartbreaking death of her husband Jon, whose cancer was diagnosed shortly after the birth of their second son, she shows how her love as a mother carried her through. The poems document many moods and thoughts, creating depth in just a few words. One poem begins: "In his absence, I have found only absence, not even an inferior him." There is anger too, as in a poem about selling their house that ends, "They would have me believe this house/ means nothing beyond a sum of money and a deal./For them it was quite clear,/ the word widow means a steal." But mostly what you feel reading this book is how the love lasts forever, both the love for her late husband and the love for the sons who don't remember him. And that I found incredibly comforting.
Extraordinarly moving poetry Apr 13, 2004
Ms. Kwitny's first book gives the reader an extraordinary view of one woman's striking emotional journey. Her poetry and prose keeps the reader totally engaged and involved long after putting her book down. I expect to read Ms. Kwitny's work over and over.