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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (5 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393343944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393343946
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.1 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,801,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Accessible yet sharp-edged . . . a moving exploration of loss and redemption.

A fugue of death and resurrection with emotions like a heart-shaped trap.

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

About the Author

Meghan O'Rourke is the author of the collections Halflife and Once, and a memoir, The Long Goodbye. A former editor at The New Yorker, she has served as culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor for the Paris Review. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Poetry, the New Republic, and Poetry, among others. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and other awards, she lives in Brooklyn.

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