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Braided Creek (Paperback)
Jim Harrison
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978-1-55659-187-7
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Braided Creek (Paperback)
A Conversation in Poetry
Jim Harrison

 

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Longtime friends Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser always exchanged poems in their letter writing. After Kooser was diagnosed with cancer, Harrison found that his friend's poetry became "overwhelmingly vivid," and they began a correspondence comprised entirely of brief poems, "because that was the essence of what we wanted to say to each other."

In these epigrammatic, aphoristic poems, two accomplished poets explore love and friendship and their passionate search for a little wisdom, pausing to celebrate the natural world, aging, everyday things and scenes, and poetry itself. When asked about attributions for the individual poems, one of them replied, "Everyone gets tired of this continuing cult of the personality... This book is an assertion in favor of poetry and against credentials."

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Society of Midland Authors Poetry Prize, 2004 

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"They sound betimes like up-to-date imagists or haiku poets, pungent rural epigrammatists out of Jonathan Williams' Blues & Roots, Rue & Bluets (1971) and Wendell Berry's Sayings & Doings (1975), or just two crusty old codgers. Their conversation always repays eavesdropping."—Booklist

"These little gems prove that less is often more."—Library Journal

"There are poems on the natural world, aging, dying, friendship, love and eros. There is abundant humor... There also is distilled wisdom."—Houston Chronicle

"So what we have here is a small book of finely etched verse by two experienced poets. It is something that many readers will want to carry around with them and dip into on occasion. Braided Creek is a vademecum or field guide for the soul."—Bloomsbury Review

"[Braided Creek] unfolds like a Japanese kaiseki feast, a procession of delectable morsels. It is tempting to gobble them all at once, but a slow savoring leaves one with a sense of satiety and celebration."—ForeWord

"Both Harrison and Kooser show a 'coming of wisdom with time.' Kooser has been diagnosed with cancer, which may in part account for the intensity of the language and the sweeping philosophical stance of these quiet poems by two gifted men."—Rocky Mountain News

"Here's a book of glorious, intimate tidbits... filled with such small yet expansive moments, perfectly defined."—The Memphis Commercial Appeal

"For those who have ears to hear, infinity hums in the taut lines and compact images of this conversation in poetry. Seamless, poignant and profound, Braided Creek is a book worth listening to time and again."—The Wichita Eagle

"This book is superb... Simple in its language, spare in its style, Braided Creek presents dozens of short poems that resonate with truth, pain and radiance. Grudgingly acknowledging aging and illness, the verses here also clutch tightly to moments of good cheer, of life lived with spirit and grit and determination."—The Kansas City Star

"Braided Creek smooths together two delicate and taut voices, both singing in tune to a common good, a loftier goal, to be picked up like the poetry gauntlet thrown."—on-the-town magazine

"It's a wonderful, rewarding book."—Philadelphia Inquirer

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