The Largeness of Rescue is a book of both restlessness and acceptance; both a longing for clarity and a reconciliation. In this way, the poems form a moving whole, seeking resolution in the larger embrace of art.
- Anne Michaels
The Largeness of Rescue explores the many ways we both long for and resist rescue—rescue from ourselves, from each other, from the vagaries of the world. These poems sit poised at the cusp of a paradox…where the personal explodes into the public realm. … Tihanyi’s cycle contains both shorter lyrics and long poems, some of which explore the lives of artists and visionaries whose work sustained a precarious creativity: the Romantic poets, T. S. Eliot, and jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Among these luminaries also arise the poet’s peers, family, friends, fellow artists and loves. The book reveals how, not despite, but through our common uncertainties and frailties, we hold the power to rescue. … In the end it is the heart’s measure that proffers hope: “but always I will side with love / and always I will choose.”