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“This is our beautiful glimpse of forever. Mary Jo Bang's Elegy is a harrowing, necessary work.” ―C. D. Wright
“These poems (elegies) are written under the sign of Necessity. They exist because they have to exist. This means they are still burning from the forge, carry pain that is radiant, and cut a guiding path for the reader. Because she is already, before the hour of necessity, a serious and accomplished poet, all that she knows comes to her aid and has the kindness to make these poems great.” ―Fanny Howe, citation for the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award
Mary Jo Bang has done the impossible here. She has written about the deepest form of grief (the loss of a child) in this collection of poems and she has transformed it into... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ZMan
Love Mary Jo Bang. Love these deeply moving poems. The exploration into the loss of her son is extraordinary. Highly recommended.Published on March 3, 2013 by Alexis R.
A moving series of poems that is so very personal to the author yet so universal to every reader that has suffered the loss of a loved one.Published on October 11, 2009 by James Krause
I didn't enjoy this book, and I was excited to read it. It had gotten a great review, but I cannot agree with that reviewer. Maybe I enjoy more traditional poetry. Read morePublished on October 5, 2008 by Busybeard