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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  2 reviews
"Centered on the experience of raising a special child and the cruelty we inflict on difference, these poems will break and heal your heart, their rage, hope, insight and love carried by a poetic power as targeted as a bullet-train. . . . this is an extraordinary debut from a writer wise, brave, darkly witty and unrelentingly inventive, one with a story to tell and a voice ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Texas Review Press
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dark card 2009-03-14

In the title poem of Dark Card, we learn that the book’s subject is its speaker’s son, whose Asperger’s Syndrome has shaped their lives in such a way that these poems have arisen as its outermost edge. Asperger’s is part of the autism spectrum, which means that some people have it worse than others; that with luck and the best of care, you can move back from it toward the rest of the human community; and that it makes you miss
The book grows out of Foust's expereinces with her son who has Asberger's. The first/title poem sums up what the rest of the book unpacks, her constant need to use slight of hand to try to convince the rest of the world of her sons value as a human being. Those poems that hold close to her son's own experinence are the most effective. It's well worth reading.
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Rebecca Fousts book Dark Card, won the 2007 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook and was released by Texas Review Press in June 2008, and a full length manuscript was a finalist in Poetrys 2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Her recent poetry won two 2007 Pushcart nominations and appears or is forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Margie, North American Review, Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others ...more
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