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BUTTERFLY is a book-length single poem divided into three sections, each section containing untitled segments. Although the book is meant to be read in order, BUTTERFLY is not a straight narrative; rather it is a lyric sequence grounded in the narrative circumstance of the deaths of a twin brother and mother. As such, the poem is an elegy, an exploration of grief within th ...more
Paperback, 84 pages
Published March 21st 2014 by Wordtech Communications
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We lavish whole childhoods on our siblings—and they on us. If we lose them, we lose an essential part of ourselves; vestiges of their beings remain with us as no others do. Poet Diane Kerr examines, displays, and evokes this intense dynamic in her magnificently delicate sequence about fraternal twins, Butterfly. Without sentiment and with genuine grace, Kerr summons up that shared womb and childhood with all the particularity and angst that made two beings so constitutionally different—and unequ ...more