I am pleased to report that my new book of poems, Tinted Distances, has been published by Turning Point Books.
Tinted Distances by Edward Byrne (Turning Point Books, 2011) ISBN: 978-1936370337.
The poems of Edward Byrne’s Tinted Distances strongly inhabit the world, even as they meditate on how that world is perceived in art and memory. Tinted Distances represents the third volume in a trilogy of poetry collections, alongside Seeded Light and Tidal Air.
No matter where Edward Byrne angles the lens of the lyric—on the natural world, other artistic mediums, or language itself—each image in his beautiful new collection Tinted Distances is “as accurate as the slit / a sculptor could chisel out of granite.” Balancing with deft precision the immediate and intimate with the cultural and historical, Byrne’s masterfully honed poems offer us the “clarity of fresh footprints” and the “new blueprint above, / that far bright pattern of fixed stars.” Tinted Distances is the achievement of a wise and discerning poet.
By taking on the rigors of the couplet, Edward Byrne manages by bracing counterpoint to draw into focus the minute particulars of the world both around and within him. There aren’t many collections of poetry for which the terms loving, open-hearted, and humane apply, but Tinted Distances is one such collection. After reading it, I felt I understood a little better Chekhov’s belief that art exists to prepare the soul for tenderness. And what more could one ask poetry to do? This is a wonderful book, one that readers will return to again and again.
Edward Byrne’s Tinted Distances is a tender meditation that reveals a careful eye and steady devotion to elegy and ode—gentle illuminations on the landscape and people dear to this poet’s heart.
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