Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave by Kim Dower

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Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave

Poetry by Kim Dower

Death of a loved one
flings open a sunlit room
Grief walks us inside

In Kim Dower’s fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave, death has never felt so alive! Alluring titles to haunting last lines, the poems in Dower’s fourth collection soothe, terrify and always surprise, revealing the extraordinary within the ordinary. Acclaimed for combining the accessible and profound, humor and heartache, Dower’s poetry continues to be quirky, dark, sexy, disarmingly candid and moving, and here she explores the landscape of death and its intersections with love, longing, obsession, sadness, joy and beauty. Wise and soaring, these poems bravely imagine another life beyond the one we all know where even the angels surrounding the graves are wearing bikinis, smoking Kool Lights.


“By turns exuberant, sexy and sobering, Kim Dower’s remarkable poems are known for their extraordinary range. This fourth collection finds her at the top of her game. Attuned to the oddness of the quotidian and grounding the metaphysical in the sharp sensations of daily life, the poems in Tyrone Power’s Grave invite us to live as fully and generously as the poet herself.” —Chris Kraus, bestselling author of I Love Dick and After Kathy Acker

“Kim Dower’s poems speak not of the highs and lows, but about the grey space between tragedy and tenderness, memory and loss, fragility and perseverance—that space where the soul and the truest self live.” —Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet

“Kim Dower’s poetry has a way of transforming everyday life into something luminous and unexpected. Simultaneously accessible and complex, whimsical and heartbreaking, Dower’s poetry shines with subtle irony and playful imagination, empathetic and relatable, as well as full of wisdom.”—Culture Trip


Kim Dower, originally from New York City, received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. She has published three collections of poetry, all from Red Hen Press: Air Kissing on Mars (2010), which was on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list and described by the Los Angeles Times as “sensual and evocative...seamlessly combining humor and heartache”; Slice of Moon (2013), called “unexpected and sublime” by O magazine; and Last Train to the Missing Planet (2016). Kim was City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, California from October 2016 to October 2018.

PUB DATE: April 1, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-59709-621-8
SIZE: 6in x 9in
FORMAT: Tradepaper
EXTENT: 104pp

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