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Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Cornelius Eady’s new poems show him in full control of his considerable talents and displaying a rich maturity as he enters midlife. His poems are sly, unsentimental, and witty, full of truths that are intimate and profound.

Hardheaded Weather ranges widely, reflecting the newfound responsibilities Eady has assumed as he transitions from urban renter to nonplussed rural hom
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 10th 2008 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2008)
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Toni
Mar 08, 2011 Toni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Some poems and sections of this new and selected knocked me out. Others, not so much. I love Eady's tenderness and his witness. He takes time with his work, and makes it easy for the reader to slow down and hear him. The pieces in here that I love, I dearly love. I will return to them indefinitely.
Janet
Jan 20, 2010 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I feel like I know this poet, or that I should. His writing is so familiar and easy to me, as is his face on the jacket cover. His depth of compassion is strong, whether he's writing about his transition from urban renter to nonplussed rural homeowner, the sad facts of war, or his process of entering midlife. Funny, but I discovered that Marsha is a friend of his on Facebook. Perhaps she can introduce us--at our houses upstate, of course! "Migration" and "Recycling" speak to that bit of luck we ...more
Kevin Brown
May 16, 2011 Kevin Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection by Eady. While there weren't a number of lines that simply blew me away (not a lot of underlining), almost every poem was consistently good. I especially enjoyed the poems from Brutal Imagination, where he takes the African-American man that Susan Smith made up to cover her crime and gives him a voice. I'll definitely add more of Eady's work to my list of what to read.
Cedric
Sep 27, 2009 Cedric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the accessibility of C. Eady's work, though the new work may come across as too accessible & simple for some... I will admit to having enjoyed the poems culled from his several poetry collections more than the new ones. Really loved the painfully honest poems about family, particularly the/his father. My dad knows nothing about poetry- and I think he might appreciate this stuff. Great buy.
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"And summer
Has gauzed the air,"

writes one of my top three favorite poets in a new poem in a collection of all his hard-hitting books. His lines are clarity. I would recommend an earlier book instead of a collection of selections, which I tend to dislike in practice, but any and all of his other books are all great places to start, every time.
Siel Ju
Easy prosey reads - jazz and beats influence. Earlier poems tend to be more interesting. Themes: Racism, family, music.
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not 10 pages in and I'm hooked!
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Like Joyce and Tolstoy, Cornelius Eady is an American writer focusing largely on matters of race and society, His poetry often centers on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and societal problems stemming from questions of race and class. His poetry is often praised for its simple and approachable language.
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