Set in Stone
Distributed for CavanKerry Press
Set in Stone
88 pages | 6 x 9
“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