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In poems that allow us to taste the bread of mystery and praise, LuAnn Keener-Mikenas imagines a homeland first kindled in human consciousness as Motherworld, a place where hunter and prey / the elegant ones / recommence the necessary ceremony. In so many of these poems, Keener-Mikenas sounds the voice of a patient Eve who regards the creatures as if for the first time, bu ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published 2012 by Louisiana Literature Press
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The poems in Homeland filled me with a sense of wonder, but also left me with a disquieting sense of dread. The killing and extinction of animals and civilizations shouldn’t make for such easy reading, but these poems are filled with a terrible beauty. I believe it takes delicate skill to make an ekphrastic poem work since the reader often has never seen the art it’s based upon, but the poems here about the Westward movement of European settlers in America leap off the page. The poem “Fear” in t ...more