Edward Harkness

Beautiful Passing Lives

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Poetry. Ed Harkness is very good at shining the poet’s light on natural details and puts this to good use in poems that go outside his more familiar environs, such as looking at the English Channel: “The Channel looks benign,/a road of hammered silver. Unglamorous,/windswept, this beach is no Riviera./Here you feel the slap of the beyond.”

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Poetry. ‘Ed Harkness is very good at shining the poet’s light on natural details and puts this to good use in poems that go outside his more familiar environs, such as looking at the English Channel: “The Channel looks benign,/a road of hammered silver. Unglamorous,/windswept, this beach is no Riviera./Here you feel the slap of the beyond.” And, looking even farther: “the Dog Star, lifting its drowsy head,//guarding the dog house of heaven/with its one yellow eye.” Harkness extends his range when addressing social issues: “but the horde of you—the majority—/have gone remote control,/ignorant of our sacrifices…” Ed Harkness does not squint when he looks at the world and we are rewarded with a full and multi-leveled world in these poems.’ – James Cervantes, poet

 

Ed Harkness grew up in Seattle and still lives not far from his childhood home. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including most recently Syringa in Twilight (Red Wing Press, 2010). Saying the Necessary, his first full-length collection, was published by Pleasure Boat Studio in 2000. His poems can be found in print journals including Fine Madness, Great River Review, The Humanist, Midwest Quarterly, Seattle Review and others. His work has also appeared in several pioneering online literary journals, including Mudlark, Switched-on Gutenberg, and Salt River Review. Harkness lives with his wife, Linda, in Shoreline, WA, where he teaches writing at Shoreline Community College. He’s the proud father of two grown sons, Devin and Ned.

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 6.2 × 0.5 × 9.5 in
Format

Paperback

Author

Edward Harkness

ISBN

978-1-929355-73-0

Amazon

http://a.co/hldawFy

Original Language

English

Publish Date

12/10/2010

Page/Word Count

100 pages

Praise

/ a road of hammered silver. Unglamorous, / ignorant of our sacrifices . . .. Ed Harkness does not squint when he looks at the world and we are rewarded with a full and multi-leveled world in these poems. –James Cervantes, // guarding the dog house of heaven/with its one yellow eye. Harkness extends his range when addressing social issues: but the horde of you the majority / have gone remote control, /windswept, afternoon sun / reveals more of what we love. You will find in his beautiful book much of what sustains him in this life and much that he loves. This is a fine book. Cherish it. –Thomas Aslin, and glide / offshore on nothing. –Holly Hughes, chronicle all that is seen, Edward Harkness ranges freely in time and space, friends and mentors, gleaning grace from moments small and large: from the weave of marsh grass to the ovens at Dachau. With an unflinching gaze, he considers events in history we d rather forget, he deftly describes the sting of living / the kiss you don t forget with wry humor, honesty and compassion. These intimate poems, In Beautiful Passing Lives, Italy, lifting its drowsy head, looking even farther: the Dog Star, lost and departed, Now, poet Ed Harkness is very good at shining the poet's light on natural details and puts this to good use in poems that go outside his more familiar environs, poet Ed Harkness s Beautiful Passing Lives helps to ameliorate some of the troubles we face in our lives. As he says at one point, reminding us that redemption is everywhere and of the power of art to transform. Like the best sleight of hand, resonant with the voices of family, such as looking at the English Channel: The Channel looks benign, they glitter still, this beach is no Riviera. / Here you feel the slap of the beyond. And, though, unseen and deep

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2 reviews for Beautiful Passing Lives

  1. Holly Hughes, poet

    In Beautiful Passing Lives, Edward Harkness ranges freely in time and space, gleaning grace from moments small and large: from the weave of marsh grass to the ovens at Dachau. With an unflinching gaze, he considers events in history we’d rather forget, recording with exacting detail and an alternately dispassionate and fierce voice the dark we swim in. In poems that take us on hikes to the duck marsh to overheard conversations in the Ozarks to middle-aged musings in La Spezia, Italy, he deftly describes the sting of living / the kiss you don t forget with wry humor, honesty and compassion. These intimate poems, resonant with the voices of family, friends and mentors, lost and departed, chronicle all that is seen, unseen and deep, reminding us that redemption is everywhere and of the power of art to transform. Like the best sleight of hand, they glitter still, and glide / offshore on nothing.

  2. Thomas Aslin

    Ed Harkness’s Beautiful Passing Lives helps to ameliorate some of the troubles we face in our lives. As he says at one point, Now, though, afternoon sun / reveals more of what we love. You will find in his beautiful book much of what sustains him in this life and much that he loves. This is a fine book. Cherish it.

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