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Once, Then Paperback – March 15, 2014
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In these Orphic songs of grief, Andrea Scarpino honors those whose deaths break empathy wide open in us. Two very personal losses embark Scarpino on a lyrical underworld journey, where she traverses the atrocities we know as Hiroshima, Auschwitz, the Manson murders and others, in order to create her own etymology of goodbye.’ With Once, Then, Andrea Scarpino balances private and public, the human and the mythic scale, thereby restoring our classical notion of the elegiac poem.”
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Now, nearly two hours later, I have read the full book. There are tears uncomfortably perched on my ear lobes because I was lying down. And somewhere past the middle, I'd been carried along and lost it, emotionally-speaking, and then I rode with the tears until the end.
And what I mean to say is that no sleep aid could make me put it down, nor any plan to do so (just one poem I’d told myself—I have never read a book of poetry all the way through). And it's both mourning and a celebration of this feat that the author has performed with this book that I am left with, and I think that this book is so important in a world where we will all--do all--mourn and grieve and live.
Just a day ago, I finished an audiobook I started on my road trip--Night Road by Kristin Hannah. It isn't a perfect book, though I really enjoyed it because the author attempts so much, but it spends a great deal of time inside the head of a person in a very bad place with death. (I’ve tried hard to avoid a spoiler, as the book is worth a read if the blurb appeals to any reader who checks it out).Read more ›
I can not encourage you enough to add this book to your collection. If you can only buy a few books this year, I strongly urge you to make "Once, Then" one of them.
The poems flow into each other and this book is one which can be read in one sitting but should be revisited often.
Disclosure: I am fortunate to count Andrea among my friends.
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Cleverly crafted but ultimately too self indulgent and somewhat inaccessible despite its aim to be universal. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Conrad Johnson