Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in
Pub Date: 01/01/2002
List Price: $19.95
McKinney understands something elusive but binding between the word and the footstep. . . . Saunter is a coming to language as homage and as hope. And within it, there's deep joy, sharp intelligence, and expansive traveling.
Poets will come back to the predicament of the unsayable—call it the ecstatic, or the sublime. They will wander, or saunter, in search of the other side of things and their names, where 'pillars recede with their ribbons.' Tightly wound into an elastic precision, Joshua McKinney's poems are intent on finding the interstices where revelation might subvert observation, observation might lead to revelation. To follow this pursuit is a pleasure: 'Near an end / the sum shook / free of its figures.'
In Saunter Joshua McKinney keeps pace with the virtues and vitalities of this world in all its wild dispersals. His syllables stride over absences and through the literal needle's-eye of pain. His poems innovate in order to go forth. There is no frivolity here, no gamesmanship. McKinney means to go where he goes, and we would do well, do very, very well, to follow.