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Ruins of the Heart

Six Longpoems
  • By Kristjana Gunnars

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"The first thing one notices in Kristjana Gunnars' poetry is the stunning beauty of her lyrical mysticism. That would make the work well worth the read, but these poems do more. Restless, they widen; they take in the world. Moving beyond a search for metaphysical comfort, they confront age and the many faces of colonialism. Dante, in his concern for broken vows, offers the final wisdom: one of incompleteness. Like Kristjana, we will die thirsting for a lover we've too fleetingly known. Hopefully, like her, we will die singing."-DAVID CRAIG, poet, author of Easter and At the Bottom of the Year

"Canadian writer Kristjana Gunnars is a dazzling, accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and essays on aesthetics. Her readers always expect exhilarating density in her vision and her voice. Ruins of the Heart: Six Longpoems delivers both the density and the exhilaration. She evokes Augustine, Dante, Eliot, Borges, Marvell, Lao Tzu, Rumi, as well as contemporary writers like Don McKay, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Pierre Michon, Marilynne Robinson, Annie Dillard, Jake Kennedy, Edward Abbey, Patti Smith, and many other like-minded pilgrims. Gunnars tackles the spiritual and profane mysteries of dailiness, longing and desire, and the paradoxes of love and devotion in this world, now. I am so grateful for her eye on things. This book is a rich and wonderful weave of meditations driven by the insistencies of love and mortality and of the questioning of that love and mortality. As she herself writes, 'The ordinary is the sacred.'"-JOHN LENT, author of A Matins Flywheel and Cantilevered Songs

"Kristjana Gunnars' luminous, profoundly intimate verse is as tender as an open sore and as strong as love. As Keats said of the best poetry, 'it emboldens the soul to accept mystery, ' for mystery-of life, of the self, of God-invests every line, every letter of her work. What an honor it is to seek passage as her spiritual companion upon this journey."-MICHAEL MARTIN, author of Sophia in Exile and The Submerged Reality

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781621388432
    • ISBN 13: 9781621388432
    • Publication Date: 05/01/2022
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Kristjana Gunnars
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