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Fiction. Set in the mind of a narrator who is grieving the loss of her father, who conflates her hotel room with the morgue, and who encounters characters that may not exist, BURIAL is a little novel about an immeasurable black hole. Like a 21st century Lispector, Donato grapples with ontology and trades plot for ambience; the result is an elegy in prose at once lyrical an ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Tarpaulin Sky Press
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Nate D
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Every word and interlinked sentence of this [prose poetry? essay? internal narrative?] shimmers with intensity and originality. Donato's voice and thought constructions drift and shift so fluidly that you may expect this to fall apart or lose meaning at any moment, but the highwire act succeeds beautifully and with never a misstep. Grief and loss and a deathly limbo-state stillness, captured in exquisite motion by an active mind.
Daniel Quinn
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The question is: how does the heart make its own grave?
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Claire Donato manipulates language and logic in a poetic representation of the mind in grief.

"To wave goodbye, one moves one's hand to and fro, signaling polite wishes at the end of a conversation. An exchange of spoken ideas is only on instance of communication; one may signal good wishes to bodies both dead and alive." (42)

It's nearly impossible to verbalize grief. The staggering shifts in association in Donato's book starts to close the gap. The book lives in the compressed space of words and
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Sadness leaves the body dumb. Again, the mind turns toward itself: one lukewarm rupture of protuberance devolves the back of the head, and the brain expands, implodes, and then refills with helium, which turns memory grey, grey as the overcast sky or a handful of ash, and the hand--the disembodied hand--is severed at its wrist."
Helen McClory
A complex, essay-like fiction on a traumatic death, on the interiors of morgues and the timbre of corpses and lakes and voices. Rewarding reading, but make a space around yourself for this to devote full attention to the winding, reverberating prose.
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I haven't read this yet but I totally will because Claire is the daughter of my french professor at Clarion University!! I'm surprised I actually found her book!
Shannon McGovern
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, most-loved
Beautiful and profound. Donato handles grief in a way that is familiar, but makes you wish it wasn't so familiar.
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Claire Donato is the author of the novel Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013) and a full-length book of poems, The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016). Her writing across genres has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PEN America, BOMB, The Elephants, Aufgabe, Tarpaulin Sky, Encyclopedia L-Z, LIT, Octopus, and The Organism for Poetic Research's PELT. She is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Some ...more

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