Saturday, April 18, 2015

Featured Book: A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All, by Adele Kenny

A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All. Adele Kenny. Welcome Rain, 2015.
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Adele Kenny is the author of several poetry collections, most recently A Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All and What Matters (2011), both from Welcome Rain Publishers. She is the recipient of two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Council on the Arts, first place Merit Book and Henderson Awards, a Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, the International Book Award for Poetry, and Kean University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. A former creative writing professor, she is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and poetry editor of Tiferet Journal. She has read in the US, England, Ireland, and France, and has twice been a featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival.

Intensely focused, compressed, and sharp-edged, these prose poems by Adele Kenny take the spiritual journey into heightened awareness of experience, place, and identity. Deliberate fragments, the language of dreams, and an occasional nod to the surreal combine with Kenny’s signature elements of striking imagery and compelling immediacy to inform an enhanced vision of the ways in which the interior life intersects with the outside world. These poems startle, surprise, and tell us things about ourselves that we didn’t know.

In language so subtly pitched, paced and modulated it captures our attention without drawing attention to itself, Kenny draws us into discovering that what never changes is all around us in the ever-changing world, that one is only approachable, knowable, bearable through the other. We trust her to be our guide because her vision is so unwavering.” (Martin J. Farawell)

Sample Poem:

More Poems by Adele Kenny:

The Poetry Storehouse

Shot Glass Journal


Click Here to Purchase Lightness, A Thirst, or Nothing At All


  1. WOW, that poem is a stunner. I'm buying the book now.
    Thanks for introducing me to Adele Kenny.

    1. Drew--I've now read the book twice and also had the privilege of being at the launch reading, so I am happy to give the book a strong recommendation.

  2. Adele's work is brilliant, and this is her best work ever.

    So nice of you to post this and to recommend the new book.


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