Living in Quiet; New & Selected Poems

Living in Quiet - front cover

Living in Quiet - Just Published! 

Selections from David Kherdian's 22 previously published poetry volumes, as well as new poems.

 

A poet with an authentic voice and style, with universal appeal.

          –William Saroyan

 

Kherdian has the great virtue of strongly sensed, direct expression. And a great tender human sensitivity.

—Brother Antoninus (William Everson)

 

At his best, a Kherdian poem has this in common with a Bach prelude; it is not only beautiful but an explanation of beauty. 

—Ara Baliozian

 

Kherdian's poetry provides a glimpse into a thoreau-like existence. These poems  convey not only sweetness but a sense of constancy and renewal.

—A. L. A. Booklist

 

His work is clean and spare, with all the virtues of intended simplicity. Lines like a Shaker Chair.

—Tony Ardizonne

 

 

 from Living in Quiet . . .

 

20:XII:72

 

stillness

snowfall

in the valley

across the mountain

a bird flies

in the cathedral 

of the wind

 

16:IV:73

 

Missak on his

rocktop moss

covered throne

(in our fern &

flower garden)

sits & catches

flies & keeps

his belly warm 

 

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Video of David discussing 'The Road from Home' as part of a project called Facing History and Ourselves

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Video of David discussing 'The Road from Home' as part of a project called Facing History and Ourselves

 

When David Kherdian, author of The Road from Home, was growing up, the mothers in his Armenian American community were insistent that their story be told, believing that telling the story of the Armenian Genocide would force history to be rewritten and provide an end and a meaning to the suffering of the Armenians. As a writer Kherdian felt the obligation to tell his mother's story, bitter and difficult as it was. He provides insight into how he was able to portray people he had never met from his mother's point of view, and describes the emotional impact of "becoming" his mother, drawing on her strength as a survivor to write The Road from Home.
 

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