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Set in Stone

In Set in Stone, Kevin Carey’s poems tell stories as dreams, as memories, as rituals, or ceremonies. Carey writes poetry for the everyperson, poetry that deals with memory, loss, and nostalgia in an accessible and honest way. These poems tell stories about growing up and growing older, about loss and victory, giving praise to the moments that pass through our lives and the imprint they leave behind. Carey embraces the mystery of nostalgia, the haunted memories, worn and cemented by time, that string a life together. These are poems of places and of people, both real and imagined. These are poems about summer ponds and barroom nights, basketball and superheroes—poems that remind us of our humanness. These are poems, set in stone, to be chipped away at carefully, revealing the truths hidden underneath.

88 pages | 6 x 9


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“When I think of a Carey poem I think of Boston, and basketball, of poems carved out of the east coast city where he has lived his life. In this his fourth book, Carey has wrought arguably his finest work, including one of the most poignant poems of a friend’s suicide I have ever read. There are narratives here, list poems, lyrics and elegies, a hint of Catholicism found in a mother’s rosary beads, a father praying after work, and the specificity of old Buicks and the Tobin Bridge. This is a book of powerful testaments that will offer any open reader, like in basketball, ‘that first good step’ toward survival.”

Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of "The Second O of Sorrow"

“In this collection, Carey examines the power of memory, the dreams we have, the praiseworthy moments, as well as the regrets that cling to us over a lifetime. Set in Stone shoots straight, with a voice that is natural and unaffected. You may see yourself in the small dark places of these poems, if you’re not too timid to look.”

Jeffrey Renard Allen, author of "Song of the Shank" and "Rails Under My Back"

"Kevin Carey again flies ahead of the pack for a breakaway with a new collection of poems which are shot through with storytelling verve and vulnerability...[He] eschews the technical for poems that ground the reader in a vivid place and tell as clear a story as possible."

The Brooklyn Rail

Table of Contents

Story | I. | Memory | Picking Up the Trail | The Tobin Bridge | Concord Mass | Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackboard | West Palm | Reunion | Night Swimming Assumption College – 1979 | The Charlestown Boys Club Tournament – 1970 | The Curse | Super Blue Boy | Not Tonight | Anna Maria Island | A Dream in Newark | Set in Stone | II. | Go West | This a dream or I could be lying | III. | The City I Left | Learning to Talk | Why I love Basketball | Leitrims Pub – 1979 | After the Celtics | Holidays | One the Eve of my Son’s Graduation | Orphan | The Kid | Stopping and Starting | The Hulk Gets Angry | The Last Party | Coach | Sundays | The Wake | A Long Line | The Morning After The New York City Young Filmmakers Festival May 2018 | Hovering | Nothing | House Call | Just Visiting | Another Ending

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