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Until The Light Bends Susan McMaster

Until The Light Bends

Susan McMaster

Published September 4th 2004
ISBN : 9780887533976
Paperback
96 pages
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 About the Book 

In times of loss and grief, we can feel that no one else has ever suffered as much, that somehow weve entered a special realm outside the ordinary round. And yet, we know every other person in the world must pass through some version of the sameMoreIn times of loss and grief, we can feel that no one else has ever suffered as much, that somehow weve entered a special realm outside the ordinary round. And yet, we know every other person in the world must pass through some version of the same thing.The first section of this book takes a clear-eyed, but gentle look at what is ordinary in the loss of a friend. While acknowledging the intensity of grief, it reaches for a way to move on. The second half expand this theme to include the other aspects of our lives that can seem so singular from inside, and so shared and human from a wider perspective. Many voices weave in and out through this section: jokes, dreams, nightmares, children, love, fear, leaving, return. Says poet Penn Kemp, Until the Light Bends is a green and gorgeous keening, a testament to the solace of nature and of poetry. This powerful work is surely McMasters best, and very moving. This writing is emblematic of sacred, physical realities ensconced in the daily. The poems capture the dance of response, the distraction of grief through all its intricacies, an extraordinary accomplishment.