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tap dancing in my socks: haiku of Bill Kenney


“A stand-out quality of Bill Kenney’s poems is their light-hearted embrace of life. All of life. Their warmth and humanity are exactly what the world needs now.” — Peter Newton


“In his best collection yet, Bill Kenney addresses the big personal subjects — childhood, relationships, love, ageing, mortality — but with the light, yet sure, trademark touch we’ve come to admire and savor. These poems span the emotional gamut from the hilarious (“safe sex”) to the affable (“jacaranda”) to the poignant (“happy hour”) to the disconcerting (“St. Christopher medal”), all without a speck of sensationalism or sentimentality: their impact is earned. Above all, there’s a pervading grace on display here — not just in consummate poetic skill but also in this testament to adversity faced head-on and a full life lived with humility, a clear eye and an understanding smile.”

— Scott Mason

safe sex
saying nothing
I’ll regret

from here to the corner
I step lightly

happy hour
we don’t mention
the cancer

St. Christopher medal —
once I believed
in grownups

ISBN: 978-1-958408-09-4
Pages: 102
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2022

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