Saturday, June 27, 2020

Pedestal Magazine Review of Wind Over Stones

The Pedestal Magazine's most recent issue (#86, June 2020) includes a review by Vivian Wagner of my newest book, Wind Over Stones. I'm really delighted and so grateful to Ms. Wagner and to the Pedestal's founder and managing editor John Amen.

As many of us with recently published books know, the Covid-19 crisis has made readings, book launches, workshops, etc. impossible, and books sales aren't what we hoped they might be; so, in lieu of any of the usual new book events, this review functions as a kind of book launch for me. 

A few excerpts follow, along with the link in case you'd like to read the whole review. 
There are also links for ordering the book online.

Click here to order Wind Over Stones from Barnes & Noble.

Big thanks to you if you order a copy of the book!

Pedestal Magazine Review by Vivian Wagner, Excerpts:

Wind Over Stones is a remarkable collection of ekphrastic prose poems by Adele Kenny exploring mortality, loss, and joy. At the bottom of each poem’s page there’s a QR code leading to the artwork that inspired the poem, and this design proves a creative method of weaving together the written word and visual imagery, keeping the reader actively engaged in the process of exploring the art in the context of the poems.”

“As with the best ekphrastic poetry, the poems don’t simply describe the art that inspired them; rather, they use it as a jumping-off point, a place from which to make sense of one’s life.”

“The QR codes, as little black-and-white portals on the bottom of each page, are a kind of art themselves. They speak of secrecy and translation, and of the way in which there’s never a one-to-one correspondence between a work of art and our responses to it.”

All of the poems in Wind Over Stones explore, on some level, how we come to terms with mortality and still manage to create fulfilling and happy lives. The poems, in their interactions with the complementary paintings, examine and describe the way life is a not a fixed or predictable story, but rather a near-infinite series of moments simultaneously informed by both grief and joy.”

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