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ErosIon
ErosIon, by Nancy A. Henry
Language as a Second Language
Language as a Second Language, by Ted Bookey
Be Careful What You Wish For
Be Careful What You Wish For, by Alice N. Persons
Driftland
Driftland, by Michael Macklin
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums, by Jay C. Davis
Never say Never
Never say Never, by Alice N. Persons
Sex, Death, and Baseball
Sex, Death, and Baseball, by David Moreau
Humming to Snails
Humming to Snails, by Ellen M. Taylor
The Flame and the Fiction
The Flame and the Fiction, by Darcy Shargo
Europe on $5 a Day
Europe on $5 a Day, by Nancy A. Henry
Laundry and Stories
Laundry and Stories, by Robin Merrill
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems, by Bay River Press
Walking Track
Walking Track, by Jay Franzel
Ways of Looking
Ways of Looking, by Edward J. Rielly
Things As They Are
Things As They Are, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press, by Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors
Traveling Through History
Traveling Through History, by Patrick Hicks
Unidentified Flying Odes
Unidentified Flying Odes, by Dennis Camire
Innumerable Machines in My Mind:  Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison, by Dr. Blaine McCormick
Evidence of Light
Evidence of Light, by Marita O'Neill
Rags of Prayer
Rags of Prayer, by Kevin Sweeney
The Stream
The Stream, by Don Moyer
Child is Working to Capacity
Child is Working to Capacity, by Tom Delmore
The Desire Line
The Desire Line, by Michelle Lewis
Tuscany Light
Tuscany Light, by M. Kelly Lombardi
The Hard Way
The Hard Way, by Jay C. Davis
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate, by Annie Farnsworth
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II, by Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties, by Brenda Shaw
Sostenuto
Sostenuto, by Karen Douglass
Essays in All Directions
Essays in All Directions, by Robert M. Chute
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional, by David Moreau
Singing With the Dead
Singing With the Dead, by Ted Thomas, Jr.
Socks
Socks, by Jay C. Davis
Early Late Bloom
Early Late Bloom, by Jim Mello
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems, by Edward J. Rielly
He Gives Me Flowers
He Gives Me Flowers, by Gaylord Day Weston
The Church of St. Materiana
The Church of St. Materiana, by Anne Britting Olesen
Lostalgia
Lostalgia, by Ted Bookey
Life Class
Life Class, by Ruth Bookey
To the Promised Land Grocery
To the Promised Land Grocery, by Bruce Spang
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir, by Claire Hersom
How Many Cars Have We Been Married?
How Many Cars Have We Been Married?, by Ted Bookey, editor
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I, by Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry, by Alice Persons, Editor
The Ur-Word
The Ur-Word, by Jim Glenn Thatcher
Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time, by Kevin Sweeney
I Have Walked Through Many Lives
I Have Walked Through Many Lives, by Young Voices - Scarborough
A House of Bottles
A House of Bottles, by Robin Merrill
Floating
Floating, by Ellen M. Taylor
Vivaldi for Breakfast
Vivaldi for Breakfast, by John-Michael Albert
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND, by Dave Morrison
The Lawns of Lobstermen
The Lawns of Lobstermen, by Douglas "Woody" Woodsum
With a W/Hole in One
With a W/Hole in One, by Ted Bookey
What on Earth
What on Earth, by Marcia F. Brown
Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night, by Herb R. Coursen
Through the Loop of Time
Through the Loop of Time, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
SARX
SARX, by Nancy A. Henry
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy, by Jack McCarthy
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Thank Your Lucky Stars, by Alice N. Persons
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems, by Edward J. Rielly
Faulty Wiring
Faulty Wiring, by Bob MacLaughlin
Heaven Jumping Woman
Heaven Jumping Woman, by Pam Burr Smith
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw, by Tom Delmore
The Bird Catcher
The Bird Catcher, by John-Michael Albert
The Common Law
The Common Law, by James McKenna
Marengo Street
Marengo Street, by Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality, by Bruce Spang
HOME and Other Places
HOME and Other Places, by Wil Gibson
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta, by Ted Bookey
My First Beatrice
My First Beatrice, by David Stankiewicz
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer, by Jim Donnelly
Observed From a Skin Boat
Observed From a Skin Boat, by John Holt Willey
Back East
Back East, by Michele Leavitt
The Widow From Lake Bled
The Widow From Lake Bled, by Kirby Wright
Burning Chairs
Burning Chairs, by John P. McVeigh
Boy at the Screen Door
Boy at the Screen Door, by Bruce Spang
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems, by Robin Merrill
When We Invented Water
When We Invented Water, by Marcia F. Brown
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody, by Stephen A. Cowperthwaite
Nothing Is Real
Nothing Is Real, by Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr.
All Four Seasons
All Four Seasons, by Jim Mello
Feasting on Air
Feasting on Air, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
Stable
Stable, by David R. Surette
Compass Rose
Compass Rose, by Ellen M. Taylor
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II, by Alice Persons, Editor
Not Just Anybody
Not Just Anybody, by Bruce Spang
The Left Side of My Life
The Left Side of My Life , by Dana Robbins
Fancy Meeting You Here
Fancy Meeting You Here, by Alice N. Persons
Same Bird
Same Bird, by David McCann
Museum
Museum, by Daniel Duff Plunkett
Imminent Tribulations
Imminent Tribulations, by Kevin Sweeney
Radost, My Red
Radost, My Red, by Jeri Theriault
T'ai Chi of Leaves
T'ai Chi of Leaves, by Elizabeth Potter
Saving Nails
Saving Nails, by Thomas R. Moore
At Bunker Cove
At Bunker Cove, by Ralph Stevens
I Still Feel the Swirl
I Still Feel the Swirl, by Ruth Bookey
Dreamscape
Dreamscape, by Claire Hersom
That Mischievous Moon
That Mischievous Moon, by Jim Donnelly
Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber
Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber, by Jenny Doughty
Rags of Prayer

Rags of Prayer

by Kevin Sweeney – copyright 2006

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Reviews for Rags of Prayer

by Ted Bookey

The poems in Rags of Prayer have impact--not only of the new, always luminously palpable found in "real" poetry -- but the bang of the newly recognized. Poems recalling old loves, first loves, the poet's parochial school days, a torturous first marriage, encounter with a dying family member, and loved animals, memories on their way to sliding in and out of range, all recalled and nailed to the page with a kind of heightened exactitude that transports the reader to the comic vistas of Sweeney¹s risible universe.

Those familiar with his poems know that Sweeney is one of the funniest men writing in Maine today. Anyone who has enjoyed hearing him at his hilarious readings or discovered his marvelously funny and wise poems in the pages of the poetry journals will welcome Rags of Prayer as the book they've been waiting for. His warm, life-embracing - often sexy, often philosophical, always playful - clarifications of the inherent opacity of our human situation are masterfully embodied in his wise and vastly likable and beautifully crafted poems that tickle the mind and soothe the heart. I want to say, too, that he is a kind poet, too, kind without ever stooping to the sentimental and its cornball pieties. Sweeney¹s poetry aspires to seeing the world as it is. Which it does amply, and more so.

"Things are rare as they are good," said Spinoza. The existence of anything good fills me with astonishment. And since the poems in Rags of Prayer are very good indeed, I find everything about them amazing.

Sample from Rags of Prayer

After Attending the First 60th Birthday Party of A Contemporary

My father, his heart dead
would say he was only waiting
for it to get late enough to go
to bed alone. At one I'd take
the paperback from his hand
and kill the light. By four
he'd be up before the world
that interested him less.
On February week nights
I go to bed early, relieved
of Maine's dark cold, shut off
my wife's radio, take up a book.
He liked novels & history,
his son novels & philosophy,
understanding at last why
the old tire of the dark, would
rather sleep than stay in it
knowing how much awaits; it's
better to wake hungry for dawn
but Saturday night I give the dogs
a late run on the beach, mix
SNL with Austin City Limits,
read a magazine story of a young
girl studying dance in New York.
The cats all home, my son at college,
I stay up this one night to drink
green tea, knowing sometimes
it's important to fight sleep like
dying, to look at circles of light
in the living room and kitchen,
knowing it's almost over,
that it's all, it's enough
for now.