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by Joshua Kryah (Goodreads Author)
Poetry. Joshua Kryah's GLEAN, a reference to the gathering of grain after harvest, explores the appalling trust implicit in any act of faith-that prayer may not elicit a response. Moving between doubt and vulnerability, the body and its unresolved spiritual fate, these poems dedicate themselves to the pursuit of redemption. "In these tight and resonant lyrics, logic, ...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Nightboat Books
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Joshua Kryah’s poems slip easily off the contemporary tongue, and yet they would be as at home in the mouth of a monk in medieval France, a Brazilian missionary, the courtier to his beloved. Their art is shelter to the questions of a young father, a poet living in Las Vegas, who wonders whether language can do justice to man’s desire to know. What meaning lives in the pull of faith? Is there craft in longing? Is there reality in myth? Questions that come to the reader as voices twining like a ...more
These poems sing on the page, deeply lyric in nature and full of prayer quality. They fight with questions of faith and doubt, divine and ordinary. For me they are centered in the body and in a sense of language. And even though these are very smart poems, I still find them accessible. Excellent book. I couldn't put it down.
Joshua Kryah’s Glean won the 2005 Nightboat Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Verse, among other journals. He lives with his wife and two children in Las Vegas, where he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also poetry editor for Witness.More about Joshua Kryah...