Kathleen McCoy will read from her upcoming book Ringing the Changes (Finishing Line Press) on Sunday, March 24, 4:00-5:30, at First Baptist Church of Glens Falls, 100 Maple Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Poetry reading and food are free. Preorders are $19.99 plus shipping and will be shipped on June 7th. Here’s what reviewers David Graham and Frannie Lindsay had to say about the book:
Kathleen McCoy’s Ringing the Changes is a multifaceted and generous-hearted exploration of mystery in its many forms. With a splendid variety of subject and poetic form, with mature and seasoned command of her craft, she speaks the fullest truths of her engagements with matters of spirit, dream, and art. The foundation is deeply Christian yet open to other faiths. In poems that are musically engaging, honest about doubt and failure, spiky, and complex, she beautifully manages to speak what almost cannot be spoken.
After reading the first ten pages or so of Kathleen McCoy ‘s Ringing the Changes, a word leapt into my mind that seemed at first — in this era of cynicism — cloddish. And yet the word remained with me: “ecstatic”. McCoy’s poems rush forth with jubilant, heartbroken, age-old emergency. I have read few other volumes — none by contemporary poets — where I must heed the speaker’s cry of unmitigated love of God. In the hands of a less masterful writer, poems this spiritually urgent would overwhelm. But McCoy’s work reaches for the reader with reassurance and grace. One cannot speak of this unforgettable book without speaking of poetic ecstasy. Ringing the Changes is daring, otherworldly, and brimming with gorgeous challenge.
–Frannie Lindsay, author of If Mercy
Preorders can also be placed with the publisher at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/ringing-the-changes-by-kathleen-mccoy/.