The debut release of author Brian Mooney's poetry collection Unbidden is a moving combination of elegant rhyming poems and free verse. An unusual and wide-ranging work, Unbidden derives from Brian's life experience from his early years in Minnesota to his travels in Latin America to his reflections on the Vietnam War.. These poems are marked by humor, sensitivity and ironic nostalgia.
"In Brian Mooney's poetry, what comes unbidden is sometimes the memory of a wooden stool he stood on as a boy while his grandmother scrubbed his hands. At other times it might be the discovery of frayed swatches saved from clothes he once wore, the textile traces of the life he has lived. The unbidden can also be an intrusive and brutal memory from his wartime experiences in Vietnam. Yet the unbidden in these poems is most often an earned glimpse of a mystery at the heart of things, what he calls in one poem the 'dreamily life' of a great blue heron taking off. In lyrical quatrains and meditative free verse, Mooney shows us how the imagination puts its arms around all that is unbidden, our sufferings and joys alike, and in the process lets us see whatever we can of the outlines of the soul."
Author of Said Not Said (Graywolf Press)`
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