… In James Baldwin’s 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room, a character muses that “perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” If Eiden’s poetry is about any one thing, it is that irrevocable condition. It’s about the old home we leave without ever quite leaving it, and the new home we build out of some uneven mixture of coincidence and desire. It’s also about marriage – the unlikely effort to forge a home with another human – and about children, and our hopeful wishto strengthen a home for those who come after us … On this tour of all her homes, the poet writes with pride but without arrogance, with wit but without guile, and with grace but without unnecessary ornament. Moving poetry that kindlywelcomes readers in to sit down and rest awhile.
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