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Goodbye to the Orchard: Poems

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“There isn’t a page in this book that isn’t bracing. . . .”—Marie Howe

Beginning with the word “defeat” and concluding on the word “alive,” Goodbye to the Orchard testifies that we must remain open in the face of loss, because loss is a given; and that our glimpses of the mysteries—whether of dying or living—are all we’re allowed.

Steven Cramer is the author of The Eye that
Paperback, 96 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Sarabande Books
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it
The poems I liked best are all about death, namely, his sister, and they're intense and clear and full of life: "Nice:", "Life and Death", "Everyone Who Left Us". His work is solid, not showy, and carefully crafted.
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Accessible poems and beautiful in many cases, especially the ones that deal with his sister's death from cancer-I'm always impressed when such a deeply painful experience is articulated in a moving way. Particular favorites included: "Lack," "Body on the Brain," and "Goodbye to the Orchard."
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