In Kelli Russell Agodon’s third collection of poems, Hourglass Museum, the yearning to create is what moves us forward. Through car rides with Andy Warhol, temporary tattoos of Frida Kahlo, and long dinners with Joseph Cornell, we walk hand-in-hand through a paper museum where what inspires intersects with our regular lives.
Hourglass Museum offers a dazzling selection of poems inspired by artwork and artists that explores personal relationships and the struggle (emotionally, financially, and spiritually) of living a creative life. Agodon understands the importance of how art influences our lives and how we balance delicately realizing that we only have so much time to live and create. Hourglass Museum is a meditation in beauty, tenderness, and knowledge reaching far beyond most poetry that’s being written today.
Kelli Russell Agodon is a prize-winning poet, writer, and editor from the Northwest.
She is the author of Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (White Pine Press, 2010), Winner of the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Prize in Poetry and a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She is also the author of Small Knots (2004) and the chapbook, Geography (2003). She co-edited the first eBook anthology of contemporary women’s poetry, Fire On Her Tongue and recently completed The Daily Poet, a book of poetry writing exercises she coauthored with Martha Silano.
“There are just handful of contemporary American poets whom I do not want to live without, whose books I keep by my desk and never lend out. Kelli Russell Agodon is one of these poets. Hourglass Museum is such a beautiful collection. Lyrical, intelligent, magical and honest, the poems are both of this world and out of this world. Her uniquely true and mystical voice is like a glass of pure water: refreshing, healing, and oh, so necessary.”
— Nin Andrews
“Kelli Russell Agodon’s Hourglass Museum is a carefully planned leap into the unknown. Her poems are an intense vision of the power of art to heal, to help us understand ourselves and our world. There is much striving in this powerful, engaging book: to make connections, to succeed, to love well. Agodon invokes artists as disparate as Kahlo and Cornell, Picasso and Pollock, as a way into the world she creates for us in her deft and musical poems. She brilliantly succeeds at helping us to look up and see the madness/organized in the stars.”
“The poems in Hourglass Museum may be triggered by visual art and artists, but they read as Kelli Russell Agodon’s very personal struggle with making poetry and living with the consequences—artistic, social, emotional. It’s an intelligently conceived and moving collection, and the greatest pleasure of all is the line-by-line revelation of the poems, which are always lively, witty (even when they are sad), surprising, musical, addictive. Reading these poems is a joy.”
— Kathleen Flenniken
96 pages (Original Trade Paperback)
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