"Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave
by Kim Dower brims with the vitality and preoccupations of everyday living. Life
and death are inextricably entwined in Dower's poetry: the distinct grief of
losing a parent, bidding farewell to a pet, but also the joys of naming a puppy
and the pleasure of using a favorite fountain pen.
turns exuberant, sexy and sobering, Kim Dower’s remarkable poems are known for
their extraordinary range. This fourth collection finds her at the top of her
game. Attuned to the oddness of the quotidian and grounding the metaphysical in
the sharp sensations of daily life, the poems in Tyrone Power’s Grave invite us
to live as fully and generously as the poet herself.”
Kim Dower’s poetry has a way of transforming everyday life into something
luminous and unexpected. Simultaneously accessible and complex, whimsical and
heartbreaking, Dower’s poetry shines with subtle irony and playful imagination,
written in a way that is empathetic and relatable, as well as full of wisdom.
Something about Kim Dower’s poetry always seems trustworthy.
"Kim Dower is a cherished figure in the book industry and the
former poet laureate of West Hollywood. Her fourth book, 'Sunbathing
on Tyrone Power’s Grave' (Red Hen Press), is the work of a woman who
could be Judith Viorst’s granddaughter but who shares the same power
to capture tender and dire experiences in the amber of poetry. The
topics of her provocative and richly rewarding poetry range from
love and sex to loss and longing, as the book title suggests, but
the very first poem in the collection is titled, significantly
enough, 'He Said I Wrote About Death'."
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