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The Ceremonies Of Longing (Pitt Poetry Series)

Sandra Kohler


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Winner of the 2002 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry

In a poetic voice that is at once reflective and lively, Sandra Kohler explores the patterns of everyday life and the inner drama of imagination. Though these poems are mostly set amidst the familiarity of a suburban household and the family garden, this environment appears far from mundane as Kohler peels away the veneer of domestic tranquility to reveal a world busy with human passion and the rhythms of the earth. Nature is present at every turn, an ethereal twin, as the narrator’s emotions take the form of cardinals in flight, a rushing river, or a potato sprouting from the dark.

Praise For The Ceremonies Of Longing (Pitt Poetry Series)

"These poems hold a surprising stealth. . . . ‘It’s just life,’ I kept telling myself as I read, but how I admire poets who can take the ordinary and then prove to us, through arresting lyric, that it’s anything but."
--Cornelius Eady

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958307, 88pp.

Publication Date: November 30, 2003

About the Author

Sandra Kohler‘s poetry has appeared in numerous publications, and she has taught extensively at levels from elementary to university. The recipient of numerous awards and author of The Country of Women, she lives with her husband in Selinsgrove, in central Pennsylvania.