Academy of American Poets
View Cart | Log In 
Subscribe | More Info 
Find a Poet or Poem
Advanced Search >
Want more poems?
Subscribe to our
Poem-A-Day emails.
FURTHER READING
Recent Book Reviews
Books Noted: Campbell McGrath, Shannon
Books Noted: David Lehman, Yeshiva Boys
Books Noted: Donald Revell, The Bitter Withy
by Donald Revell
Books Noted: Hiromi Itō, Killing Kanoko
Books Noted: Hoa Nguyen, Hecate Lochia
Books Noted: Kazim Ali, Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities
Books Noted: Kimiko Hahn, Toxic Flora
Books Noted: Louise Glück, A Village Life
Books Noted: Mary Jo Bang, The Bride of E
Books Noted: Rachel Zucker, Museum of Accidents
Books Noted: Terese Svoboda, Weapons Grade
Sponsor a Poet Page | Add to Notebook | Email to Friend | Print

Books Noted: Tom Healy, What the Right Hand Knows

 

Four Way Books, 2009

In What the Right Hand Knows, Tom Healy looks with a careful, interested eye at the moments that register as exemplary of this strange world and his own life. Richard Howard writes in his glowing introduction to the book, "There is a certain sorcery in this book. The elegantly stoic observations of this poet's sumptuously tattered life reproach any guess at the speaker's age. Is it because he has (has always had?) so much conjuration in him that the wisdom seems so ageless, so innocent, in the welter of so much shameless acknowledgement?" The life evoked in the poems has ranged from farm-bound to city-smart, from sexual innocence to knowing love. In a poem about learning to land a plane, Healy writes:

There was a slow lift
from the body

below me breathing—
the world unfolded

and I let go.

Healy lets go in his work, then lands with strength and trust.


Support independent booksellers
Make your purchase online through IndieBound or find a local bookstore on the National Poetry Map.




Larger TypeLarger Type | Home | Help | Contact Us | Privacy Policy Copyright © 1997 - 2014 by Academy of American Poets.