by Kenny Fries.
From Exodus to Eliot's The Waste Land the desert has been the site for spiritual quests that balance a deep mourning for the human condition against a longing for joy and transcendence.
-- Alfred Corn
Kenny Fries's poems reach beyond yearning to the gravity of making -- where both loss and rejuvenation touch in the song.
-- Stephen Kuusisto, author of Planet of the Blind
These spare, precise poems chart the complexities of human intimacy with both delicacy and brashness. Their mix of candor and tenderness is memorable and moving.
-- Chase Twichell, author of The Snow Watcher
In elegantly contemplative poems, Kenny Fries explores the natural world of the desert, carrying us on a journey that is both an esthetic and spiritual quest. Richly interwoven with colors and contours of the land, bomb testing sites, holy places, native lore. . . .
-- Colette Inez
Only a lover's, and therefore the Lover's, beauty could force a poet of such honest insight to tell us everything. Which is exactly what Kenny Fries does in Desert Walking,, never holding back from us, and more crucially, himself even the most invisibly painful moments. . . .
-- Agha Shahid Ali
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