Books by Virginia Hamilton Adair

LIVING ON FIRE by Virginia Hamilton Adair
Released: March 1, 2000

"While the poet's directness and lack of mannerisms are admirable—rarely do these poems rely on literary or personal allusion, and when they do, Adair explains them in a note—her images and language, so vital to good poetry, are unimaginative and unmemorable."
Much fuss was made over Adair's debut volume (Ants on the Melon, 1996), published when she was 83. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Adair's gentle Episcopalianism leads to poems that, at best, recall the divine simplicities of Blake, with whom she sees eternity in a grain of a sand; at worst, she's Gibran-profound, with the same cosmic gasses."
The second book by the octogenarian poet organizes itself directly around the title: the author of the much stronger Ants on the Melon (1996) contemplates religion and offers a good deal of orthodoxy and some very mild blasphemies. Read full book review >