Poetry, 80 pages, offset, smyth-sewn
ISBN 978-1-936194-21-6 original paperback $14
Publication date: December 15, 2015
Taut lines—fragments from a journal? a report on hospice work?— seem to keep moving out of our grasp while at the same time bringing us closer to their subject, the elusive experience of the dying and their nurses.
With a down-to-earth sensuality, a grief worker at a hospice ponders how power structures and ordinary human failings: jealousy, fear, rigidity, the hunger of loneliness can overwhelm rewarding work. To the point of envying the dead for leaving it all behind. And yet how anything, even a lousy sandwich, can recall us to the pleasures of this world. As do these poems where every word has a body, has a skin.
Also available from Burning Deck:
Approached by Fur (prose poems, 1976)
Seeing the Multitudes Delayed (stories, 1979)
Troubled by His Complexion (stories, 1988)