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I'm pretty sure Mr. Hirsch would never use even that level of metaphor for his son's death.
It is easy to read and so powerful, evocative of the struggle of loving and helping a difficult child, and mostly the terrible work of grief.
I read this book having lost my wife 4 months ago, and shortly after that having seen her nephew laid out in his coffin at the age of 22.
The hurricane wails
counting out its tears
atop the mountain
that was once an ocean
raging it comes
wiping out the shoreline
and... Read more
So touching, scary, upsetting, and brilliant. It turns your stomach as a parent and a human being.Published 2 days ago by Barry Green
A beautiful moving poem, one of the best modern elegies. The form of poem--rough, minimally punctuated--really fits well with the compelling story Hirsch tells about his son, who... Read morePublished 13 days ago by michael h. scrivener
This is almost a memoir in verse. Well, maybe that is what it is. It is a book of poetry, but it is not poems it is a single long poem. Read morePublished 29 days ago by tex norman
Grief is cemented to your body and soul. This father tells its story. One can only hope that there is also a well of memories that can enrich the rest of your life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lsc