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37 review for Helping the Morning: New and Selected Poems

  1. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    I think of God, how he lets the universe go, the oceans breaking down the land, stars wheeling toward the dangerous rim. I wonder if he trusts it, the whole savage, delicately rigged-up thing. There's something remarkable about Walker's poetry. It doesn't always connect with me, and there were sections of poems here that feel more meandering than insightful. But then something––maybe a line, or a couple of lines, or an entire section's worth of lines––changes, and I find myself floored by I think of God, how he lets the universe go, the oceans breaking down the land, stars wheeling toward the dangerous rim. I wonder if he trusts it, the whole savage, delicately rigged-up thing. There's something remarkable about Walker's poetry. It doesn't always connect with me, and there were sections of poems here that feel more meandering than insightful. But then something––maybe a line, or a couple of lines, or an entire section's worth of lines––changes, and I find myself floored by a discovery I didn't know I was looking for. So much of Walker's work is steeped in thoughtfulness and exhibits a sharp, open-handed attentiveness to the world she occupies. Her meditations on faith are especially impactful, as she tenderly balances despair at the unknowable aspects of the universe and its potential creator with fierce, deep-rooted hopefulness. I was lucky enough to have taken a poetry course under Walker as an undergraduate student, and reading her poetry now, years later, took me back to the classroom where she taught us to be patient and attentive to the spaces we exist in. I'm grateful to have a book like Helping the Morning on my shelf to remind me of that lesson, because God knows I need it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Palpant

    Reading Walker reminds me of these lines from Robert Frost: “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” Walker has successfully invited her readers into her homesickness and lovesickness. I, for one, will be eternally grateful.

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    John Cochran

    Excellent!

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    Ambrose Miles

    Excellent poetry! The poetry in Part 2: The Aunt Joe Poems under the heading, GAINING TIME, are outstanding.

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