Winter Ready (Paperback) by Kinsey Leland
Winter Ready' is a 96-page collection of new poems by a Vermont-based writer who draws from his impressive repertoire of observations and physical landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to bring to the reader poems with universal meaning and at times a painful acuity. Kinsey opens the collection perched up high on the chimney top working and observing his surroundings and throughout the book he never really gets down-he chronicles a people and a place and a time-and keeps the hard work of writing poetry hidden in the seeming effortless verse that is often funny and poignant yet always sharp and clear. In this new collection by a renowned Vermont poet the setting is the same but the voice rings true to the people and the land they inhabit always respectful of the native peoples who came before and the awesome power of a glacier that carved a path in its wake. These poems evoke a fully realised view of the world the poet inhabits an awareness of labor and its changing nature. The book moves through poem after glowing poem evoking natural history flora and fauna with a place-based and focused attention.