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In this intimate collection, the beloved author of The Poisonwood Bible and more than a dozen other New York Times best sellers, winner or finalist for the Pulitzer and countless other prizes, now trains her eye on the everyday and the metaphysical in poems that are smartly crafted, emotionally rich, and luminous. 

In her second poetry collection, Barbara Kingsolver offers reflections on the practical, the spiritual, and the wild. She begins with “how to” poems addressing everyday matters such as being hopeful, married, divorced; shearing a sheep; praying to unreliable gods; doing nothing at all; and of course, flying. 

Next come rafts of poems about making peace (or not) with the complicated bonds of friendship and family, and making peace (or not) with death, in the many ways it finds us. Some poems reflect on the redemptive powers of art and poetry itself; others consider where everything begins. 

Closing the book are poems that celebrate natural wonders - birdsong and ghost-flowers, ruthless ants, clever shellfish, coral reefs, deadly deserts, and 1,000-year-old beech trees - all speaking to the daring project of belonging to an untamed world beyond ourselves. 

Altogether, these are poems about transcendence: finding breath and lightness in life and the everyday acts of living. It’s all terribly easy and, as the title suggests, not entirely possible. Or at least, it is never quite finished.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

©2020 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Different than what I normally read but lovely none the less. It flows like a river and drew me in

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Stunning - both subject matter, form and style. Nature, the Climate, the joys and perils we face - all current issues to think about are documented poetically in this writing.
Kingsolver's own reading is our gift. I plan to purchase this hard copy as gifts for others who care - some who will act - and, for those who remain indfferent.