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"Alarie Tennille listens to the things of this world, hungry to transform them into a language and tone that will linger long in a reader’s mind. By turns amused, fascinated, repulsed, and deeply moved, she explores the vagaries and brilliances and sorrows of her surroundings and reports back. With the eye of a painter—indeed, many of the poems are informed by ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published February 2nd 2014 by Aldrich Press
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Nina
Jan 22, 2016 Nina rated it it was amazing
Tennille’s poems are full of rich imagery and details, subtle use of humor, and the surprise turn. As implied by the title, passage of time is a unifying theme in this collection. The book is divided into five sections, with reference to time in the headings (Speeding Goodbye, Slowing Time). To me, the word counterclockwise conjures thoughts of going backwards in time, either through poems about the past, or loss of memory. Poems about childhood and family capture moments and crystallize them ...more
Melissa Johnson
May 27, 2015 Melissa Johnson rated it it was amazing
It’s interesting that the first poem in Alarie Tennille’s Running Counterclockwise sets the stage for a book about life’s smaller moments, about “the soft sameness” of each ordinary day—because what follows in most of her poems are moments that are anything but small or ordinary. For example, “The Gift” is centered around a Christmas memory so visceral, it looms large in the speaker’s mind for the rest of her life. It’s a poem that struck me as funny the first time I read it; profoundly sad the ...more
Ken
May 07, 2016 Ken rated it it was amazing
Time. Like death, it is one of the universal themes of literature (and hey, death is an embedded aspect of time, no?). In this fine collection, Alarie Tennille gives time the Janus treatment by looking in both directions and finding inspiration for poetry. The collection is an eclectic mix of family, memories, insightful observations on society, and (wildcard!) ekphrastic poems that serve as frosting on the cake.

In "Bequest," Tennille wonders "what it would be like/to donate 29 of my poems, to o
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PAUL VAUGHN
Mar 18, 2015 PAUL VAUGHN rated it it was amazing
Enriching! The poet says just enough, then stops, suspending me between reality and a dream world. The poems inspired by artworks are especially captivating. Poignant, accessible, well crafted poetry. I'm glad I read this book, and recommend it to all poetry lovers.
Lindsey
Feb 05, 2016 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
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Alarie Tennille's RUNNING COUNTERCLOCKWISE exhibits the expertise of an accomplished writer, which Ms. Tennille certainly is. With her use of detailed imagery (including in the title) and her flowing language, she creates fresh, emotive poems that touch the reader without being sentimental.

This flowing book comprises five sections: Speeding Goodbye, Coming to Stay, What We Keep, Slowing Time, and Too Dangerous to Stop, which connect the time and travel metaphors serving as the kernel meaning of
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Stephen Roth
Feb 19, 2014 Stephen Roth rated it it was amazing
There is a beautiful accessibility to Alarie Tennille’s poems, with an economy of words that might leave you thinking, “I can write something like that.” Except that you probably can’t, because the mark of a true artist is knowing what to leave out just as much as it is knowing what to put in. Tennille has been a professional writer for many years, and that skill at making descriptive prose seem effortless is at work here.

The collection of 70 poems that make up Running Counterclockwise covers a
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Maryfrances
Feb 20, 2014 Maryfrances rated it it was amazing
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Alarie Tennille

Other than her splendid chapbook and appearances in literary magazines, I have known Alarie Tennille’s poetry from hearing her read it out loud. After reading her new book Running Counterclockwise, I’ve enjoyed the familiar poems all over again in a new way, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading the new ones. They’re like little nuggets, and ultimately, the book is over way too soon.

Tennille’s poems are crisp and lean, and her signature is a litt
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Bryn Donovan
Feb 16, 2014 Bryn Donovan rated it it was amazing
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The first, short poem in this collection, "In Between," is a knockout, and makes a promise that the rest of the book fulfills. Tennille uses clear, accessible language and tight construction to get at wise and surprising insights. Often her work reminds me of Ted Kooser, or of Rita Dove's book Musuem.

Many of these poems have to do with the passing of time and with making art, an endeavor that can suspend time. The painter Monet is one common subject, and the models of Picasso and Matisse narrate
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Mikayla
Oct 12, 2016 Mikayla rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who want to write or likes to read poetry
I really enjoyed meeting Alarie at the poetry Hickory event at my creative writing teacher's coffee shop. I also enjoyed hearing her reading of some of these poems. I really liked how she used famous artist such as Van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, and just reading the poems and knowing these little things just really added something for me. I also must admit that her witty endings in some of the poems really entertained me.
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Words cannot convey how much I enjoyed this book. Eloquent.
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Alarie Tennille was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia with a genius older brother destined for NASA, a ghost, and a yard full of cats. A Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class that admitted women (B.A. with distinction in English). She met her husband, graphic artist Chris Purcell, in college. She still misses the ocean, but loves the writing ...more
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