Greta Stoddart’s third collection follows the human impulse to make sense of mortality. In these poems, Death is reconfigured not so much to console us but as a way of playing out different scenarios, trying for variants in metaphor and meaning, that we may better accept it. But for all their focus and attention on death, these are not poems of despair. In their intensity and spirit, our mortal life becomes a thing to behold, even in – or because of – the face of death.
“If the highest poetic calling is to tackle the overwhelming enormity of life and death, Stoddart honors the ancient pulse of our art, and in doing so proves her mettle, wisdom, and craft.”—Plume
“Stoddart brings an actor’s sense of cadence and vocal modulation to her poems, and her attention to sound is matched by an eye for the telling image and a keen awareness of life and its fragility.”—The Manhattan Review
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