Carol Westberg recommends The Radiant by Cynthia Huntington. (Four Way Books, 2003.)
"Of all Cynthia Huntington’s insightful books of poetry, I find The Radiant most moving for its unflinching gaze, generous spirit, and consistently satisfying language. I believe these poems also embody the rare quality David Wojahn describes in his review of Huntington’s Heavenly Bodies, a finalist for the National Book Award, as “curiously exhilarating, even redemptive: perhaps because they are utterly free of self-pity….”" --Carol Westberg
Carol Westberg’s first book of poems, Slipstream, was a finalist for the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry and “Map of Uncertain Soundings,” within that collection, was a finalist for the Ruth Stone Prize. A resident of Hanover, NH, Carol has published poems in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and CALYX, among other journals.
This post is part of our celebration of National Poetry Month 2013 for which I asked New Hampshire poets and booksellers to recommend books of poetry by Granite State poets. These titles are generally available from local booksellers and may be held in public libraries as well.