“A lovely book of poems revealing the ephemeral nature of life in all its transparency . . . moving, tender, and real . . . the poems achieve their poignancy by way of honesty, nothing less.” (Rattle)
“The only way out of a first-rate poem is its ending, so strong is its pull on the reader’s attention. Meghan O’Rourke writes this kind of poem again and again, releasing us only after her poems have fully cast their spell.” (Billy Collins)
“Accessible yet sharp-edged . . . a moving exploration of loss and redemption.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A fugue of death and resurrection with emotions like a heart-shaped trap.” (Washington Independent Review of Books)
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About the Author
Meghan O'Rourke is the author of the poetry collections Halflife and Once, and a memoir, The Long Goodbye. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, among them The New Yorker and Slate. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.