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Deborah Keenan

"Dark edges of fish caught in November's freeze / glint like knives through lake's ice."

Deborah Keenan, "The Cabin in Winter," Household Wounds (1981)

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"Father. I write all my poems so I may bury you more kindly. / Father. I write all my poems to keep you alive."

Deborah Keenan, "The July Twenty-Seventh, Nineteen-Seventy Nine," Household Wounds (1981)

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" ... there have been so many answers / they have all been right."

Deborah Keenan, "Dialogue," Household Wounds (1981)

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"... badness has such energy / it can drive the goodness from your soul / and leave you bad, even if you've practiced / goodness, and have been walking down the road / to grace all your life."

Deborah Keenan, "Be Good," The Only Window That Counts (1985)

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"The longing to be holy makes us weep, and we trust tears since they are made of water and come from our body, a double blessing."

Deborah Keenan, "Grace," The Only Window That Counts (1985)

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"My father is dead and I cannot turn him into a white rose, though I try."

Deborah Keenan, "Grace," The Only Window That Counts (1985)

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"... my children's faces are private candles i sometimes worship at ... "

Deborah Keenan, "Good Dreams or Milk," The Only Window That Counts (1985)

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"My son called to me that God was inside his red fire engine. He wanted to show me. I did move as fast as I could, spilling like water through the kitchen door into a summer day, but God had left by the time I got there. My son smiled, told me I'd missed him by seconds."

Deborah Keenan, in Christina Baldwin, Life\'s Companion (1990)

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"In poetry you can leave out everything but the truth."

Deborah Keenan, in Grand Gazette (1995)

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Deborah Keenan, U.S. poet
(1950 - )