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I misunderstood the nature of this book. While expecting more "true to life" (or, I should say, true to death!) experiences, it is more meditative and poetical. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Donald West
The concept of this book had me excited bordering on giddy: A Pulitzer-winning writer invents a collection of 240-word final reflections in a "distilled way of looking back on life... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by A fellow with a keyboard
"After decapitation, the human head is believed to remain in a state of consciousness for one and one half minutes. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by titania86
Clever and interesting concept, but it just didn't hold my attention like I thought it would.Published on June 26, 2009 by Jonathan J. Myers
Severance combines two theories: that consciousness is retained after decapitation for 90 seconds, and that, in heightened emotional states, people speak 160 words per minute. Read morePublished on August 10, 2008 by William Cuthbertson
Severance is a book in which the author has set a tough restriction on himself - each story-poem is to be exactly 240 words long with the content reflecting the 90 seconds of... Read morePublished on August 9, 2008 by M. J. Smith
As one of the publisher reviews points out, Severance is really a series of prose poems, which is made obvious by the explicit device of keeping them the same length according to... Read morePublished on June 12, 2007 by David Barndollar
Robert Olen Butler is such a fine, creative writer that his works can always be trusted by even the most discerning reader. Read morePublished on November 17, 2006 by Grady Harp