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Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors Paperback – April 28, 2016
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--Maria Mazziotti Gillan, winner of the American Book Award and the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award and author of What We Pass On: Collected Poems
"In Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors, Leslie Heywood gives the reader exquisite lyric narrative poems that tackle loss and pain and love with a brave ferocity. These beautifully-crafted poems are polished containers that hold within them all the violence and rage of her childhood home, especially the rage of the father she loves but does not see for years before his death, and the long family legacy of violence that created his rage, and hers, the rage she knows must stop with her. This book is an elegy for him and the loss that permeates all lives, and a testimony to the simple care that can redeem. Terror still lives within these poems and sorrow for the cruelty and chaos of a world in which humans cannot seem to exist without destroying as much as they create, but the vision of a new world is there. What an amazing, powerful book."
―Maria Mazziotti Gillan, winner of the American Book Award and the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award and author of What We Pass On: Collected Poems