Andrea Blythe's Reviews > Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament
Your Hand Has Fixed the Firmament
Kolleen Carney's collection of poetry explores love, sex, and intimacy as the expansive and terrifying thing it is. There are pleasures of two people sharing time and space ("when I’d wake in the morning I would pour tea / and you would add two teaspoons of honey / and in the slant of the morning light we would hear / a very distant rooster") that carry a sweetness, but mixed in is a periphery of destruction ("Once you tucked a blanket under my body / and I thought, drunk and almost asleep / break my body, hold my bones") that highlights the vulnerability of love, the risk of opening up one's emotional space to the possibility of heartbreak and loss. This collection illustrates that continuously shifting balance of wonder and fear beautifully. In fact, I loved the collection so much, I interviewed Kolleen Carney on my blog.
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