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The Double Truth is a collection of poems that arc from myth to history, knowledge to mystery, Eros to natural love, animals to human beings, then back in an alternating poetic current that betrays a speaker who is at once a privileged witness of her time and a diachronic amalgam of voices that are as imagined as they are real in their anonymous legacy.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by University of Pittsburgh Press
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The Double Truth (2011) is Chard DeNiord’s fourth book of poetry, following Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn(2003), and Night Mowing (2005). In this most recent collection, he once again exhibits his acute, probing intellect and unique sensitivity. Regardless of the subject matter or backdrop (rural New England, the question of the Divine, human relationships, historical frames; in The Double Truth they are many, all bound by a smart and startling central conceit), from each sooner ...more
There's no doubt that deNiord is a poet and educator who has contributed a great deal to the pedagogy of creative writing and there's no doubt he's an adept poet and writer, however I found this volume very much lacking. In some ways, I feel it was a case of deNiord's views, foci, and even age just being too far away from my own interests in poetry, but I also felt he simply comes off here as trying too hard to be an elder statesman of letters who can still write Dylan-esque verse at the drop of ...more