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Dark Card Paperback – June 12, 2008
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"My son is gentler with moths than people ever were to him," Foust writes in the collection's final poem--The Peripheral Becomes Crucial. This collection is beautifully and precisely written. Foust's empathy, intelligence, and gift as a poet shine through on every page.
Foust shows us her gifted, afflicted child as he is. We learn about the syndrome's manifestations, the child's neurological deficits, the wrong-headed practices of institutions responsible for him. When, in the title poem, the boy creates a scene at school, we are shown the coping mechanisms of his mother, as well: she plays the "dark card of the idiot savant ... /...It's my ploy to exorcise their pitchforks and torches/... But it's a swindle, a flimflam, a lie/ a not-celebration of what he sees/with his inward-turned eye:/the patterns in everything---"
The poet's emotions overflow the page. She rages against the possible sources of her son's syndrome. Like a tongue to a tooth, the author worries "...that Gordian- knot neck-throttled curse, /that gene-encrypted, linked-chain curse,//that DES-taken-by-his grandmother curse,/that fumble-fingered-fool-doctor-shaped curse..." . She spits out her indictments in diatribes worthy of the name. Her anger hits its target in "Palace Eunuch":
Don't say you were trying to be kind,
you ball-less prick soft dick eunuch
cowardly coin-counting conservator.
You were practically pissing yourself
in your fear of malpractice,
you were shaking in your green paper booties.Read more ›
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An award winning anthology of poetry, "Dark Card", is Rebecca Foust's reflections on dealing with her Asperger's Syndrome afflicted Autistic son. Read morePublished on September 2, 2008 by Midwest Book Review
In Dark Card, Rebecca Foust gives the reader a lesson in courage -- the courage of a mother raising a child with a disability, the courage to face the reality this forces upon... Read morePublished on July 15, 2008 by Judith Coopey
Raw and beautiful, this collection captures the complexities of motherhood in a way few writers ever have. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Joan Ryan
Rebecca Foust's has written a stirring book of poetry describing the mixed blessings of raising a son with Aspergers Syndrome. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Laura Shumaker
Dark Card is a beautifully crafted and insightful book. It carries the reader to the deepest waters of the joys, fears and sorrows of motherhood. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Gail Strickland
This book is a must read for all parents. You can grow and learn through every written word while reading the poems in this book. Read morePublished on July 12, 2008 by Sandra F. Geimer