Passion. This is the word at the heart of In the Key of Red, Eva Tihanyi’s sixth poetry collection. Tihanyi writes of love not only from the personal perspectives of daughter, mother, friend and lover, but also of a human being celebrating the world. Sometimes tender, sometimes searing, the one thing all of these poems do is sing.
“This is a moving and powerful book of honest tenderness; a book full of the clarity that flows when hope has been pierced by sorrow. These are poems that know exactly how close we hold each other when we are saying goodbye.” —Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault
“Infused with an erotic spirit, these poems describe a range of relationships between the lover and the beloved, the observer and the observed. Tihanyi’s capacity for pleasure and emotional veracity is all the more convincing for her contrasts between a lush, sentient world and a clear-eyed view of contingency. A moving and unflinching collection.”
—Rishma Dunlop, author of White Album and Reading Like a Girl
“Tihanyi’s poems sing of absence and yearning, the need for closeness struggling with the desire for personal space, those thorny contradictions of love, all bristle or quiver in Tihanyi’s tight lyrics with an intensity that seduces the reader and resonates in both mind and body long after the last line.”
—Glen Sorestad, Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan (2000-2004), author of Road Apples and What We Misse