For decades a restorer of old homes, Connie Wanek shows us that poetry is everywhere, encountered as easily in the waterways, landscapes, and winters of Minnesota, as in the old roofs and darkened drawers of a home long uninhabited. Rival Gardens includes more than thirty unpublished poems, along with poems selected from three previous books—all in Wanek’s unmistakable voiFor decades a restorer of old homes, Connie Wanek shows us that poetry is everywhere, encountered as easily in the waterways, landscapes, and winters of Minnesota, as in the old roofs and darkened drawers of a home long uninhabited. Rival Gardens includes more than thirty unpublished poems, along with poems selected from three previous books—all in Wanek’s unmistakable voice: plainspoken and elegant, unassuming and wise, observant and original. Many of her new poems focus on the garden, beginning with the Garden of Eden. A deep feeling for family and for the losses and gains of growing into maturity mark the tone of Rival Gardens, with Wanek always attending to the telling detail and the natural world....
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Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems Reviews
Poet Connie Wanek is a recipient of the Willow Poetry Prize, the Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and a Witter Bynner Fellowship at the Library of Congress. This new and selected poems edition is a compilation of her work from three previous books as well as new poems, introduced by the former American Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser. Wanek's poems remind me not a little of Kooser in fact. There is a similar posture of modesty and good-nature at work as well as a focus on the rural as opposed to the urban. Both write of small towns and farms, the natural world (flowers, animals, gardens, etc.) and family. And like Kooser, Wanek is able to speak deeply to the epiphanies and rhythms of ordinary life...to focus on them with gentle yet precise attention and to wrestle existential truths from her wry observations. Folks who have an affinity for the poems of Mary Oliver will find in these pages a similarly-inclined poet...with the notable exception being that Wanek's poems have more humans in them than Oliver usually includes. There is a more folksy warmth in Wanek's work that I find quite appealing, combined with a dexterous handling of metaphor:PeachesI have eaten peach after peachwithout hesitation or apology, and eachwas a disappointment. Outwardlythey looked ideal, smooth as a pony muzzleor pool table felt, sunset colored,and when I held them I sensedeither their heartbeats or my own.I overbought, too, thinking how lovelythey looked together, a troupe of California peachesvisiting Minnesota in July, the only monththey'd find palatable. I wondered what exactlyI expected of them. Flavor, I suppose.Or I thought the stonemight offer me I can't say what,like tea leaves or a fortune cookie,some hint of a changed life.Still moist, still bearing a tassel of flesh,the stone requests a sympathetic burial;it believes that any amicable clay, even mine,is suitable for resurrection.
Connie Wanek's poetry truly spoke to me. She is an amazing poet and her poetry left me both smiling and tearing up.
This book is for someone who doesn't like poetry. I was surprised at how much enjoyment this book gave me, so much so that I bought it. I checked it out because of Ted Kooser. He enjoys Connie Wanek so I thought I might as well. All of Ted Kooser's books are poetry hater friendly. That is a weird way of putting it, I know but Connie Wanek's poetry is the same style as Ted Kooser....more of a story form, no rhyming. Another book in this style is Karen Hesse's Out Of The Dust. This book is written in small story poem snippets and is perfect for busy people who love good writing but really don't have time for it.