The Double Truth
"The Double Truth", University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011. For purchase via Amazon here.
"With philosophers and beasts for his confidants, deNiord accesses both eros and cosmos—the far reaches of love and eternity—with a companionable, searing exactness. These are quiet, bottomless poems of true consequence."
"Whether the language is rough and obscure or delicate and precise, this is Chard deNiord's finest book. Philosophical and passionate, he poses this question: within the enigma of life, how can we know? And who will not remember the ecstasy of love when reading his lines: "...We were in two places at once like a wire, stretched out between the cathodes of our desire. So bare and live the ether hummed like a swarm inside the air."
"'History, you know, is one thing and our lives are something else,' wrote Octavio Paz, and Chard deNiord's response to this in "The Double Truth" is both fascinating and instructive. The voice in these poems seems to have a cunning ability to see oneself as if from a distance. And so we are advised in Instructions for Telling the Truth, 'begin by removing one article of clothing at a time...and suddenly you are standing alone in the square.'
"It takes a brave voice to say, 'I prayed like a man and failed.' But to admit that, 'there's a fire / in the distance... although none of us / can see from here just what is burning' takes more. I opened the book on the poem called The Animals and I fell in love with its almost ecstatic reach. Anyone who reads this poem in the bookstore, or reads such poems as Memory is a Fire or In the Brief Time We have Left or Pomegranate or From the Curriculum of a Serpent will want to buy the book. This is compelling, beautiful poetry."
Very few contemporary poets render, as uniquely as Chard deNiord does, the sheer wonder of being. Our world shines up from his lines and sentences with all its original splendor and strangeness. In deNiord’s spectacular gaze, old binaries of reality and dream, bitterness and love, joke and revelation, fuse into a beautiful whole. deNiord is a visionary and "The Double Truth" is a vital book.