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Kevin Hart is the Edwin B. Kyle Professor of Christian Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Wild Track, (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015).


"Kevin Hart's Barefoot is a magnificent book. Hart's poetry has always been marked by a tenderness and sensuality and an openness to existence, and it remains so here, butthat openness now extends to the negative aspects of existence, which make the bookboth exhilarating and harrowing. I think that Barefoot is one of Kevin Hart's finest achievements." -- John Koethe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"One of the finest poets now writing in English, Kevin Hart beautifully and indelibly surveys the human position-not only our body-life in time, but also our apprehensions of what lies beyond us. The title of his marvelous new collection, Barefoot, perfectly expresses its openness, freedom, power, and delight." -- David Mason, author of The Sound: New and Selected Poems
"Kevin Hart's Christianity is ever present even as he writes passionately of young love, titillation, and 'thin girls who taste of Beaujolais at night.' That he is comfortable with grief, mystery, solemnity, biblical and classical history, and humility instills his work with rare depth." -- Foreword Reviews
"One of the strengths of this book is Hart's penetrating lucidity and his passionate ideas. He is a master craftsman with a visionary imagination, and these are his finest poems." -- Robert Adamson, CAL Chair in Poetry, University of Technology Sydney
"When I read Kevin Hart, I feel less alone, which is to say that I feel that someone understands my own desire to be alone. I feel a companion spirit, out there wandering barefoot in the darkness, looking for God. But this does not mean that the experience is entirely comforting; this is not some faux-poetry of greeting-card consolation." -- Marginalia
"In Kevin Hart's eighth book of poetry, he uses poetry to talk to the absent or, rather, the ambiguously present: his late father, God, past lovers, and versions of himself... Like many mystics before him, Hart often speaks of the divine in erotic terms. -- World Literature Today

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