Dialogues with Rising Tides (Paperback)
Here sits a book of poems that has so much heart, forgiveness, and grace that it makes me feel actually loved. The risks Agodon takes with her honesty and vulnerability in these pages is something to be admired. Let’s not even get started on her control of the line or the absence of any ‘brushstrokes’. Every moment in this book is natural. It manages to check every box on the “Is this a good poem?” list: musicality, sincerity, craft, hopefulness, and a touch of divinity. It’s the best book of poetry I’ve read in 2021.— From Kurt's Picks
In Kelli Russell Agodon's fourth collection, each poem facilitates a humane and honest conversation with the forces that threaten to take us under. The anxieties and heartbreaks of life--including environmental collapse, cruel politics, and the persistent specter of suicide--are met with emotional vulnerability and darkly sparkling humor. Dialogues with Rising Tides does not answer, This or that? It passionately exclaims, And also Even in the midst of great difficulty, radiant wonders are illuminated at every turn.