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A Slow Archive: Poems

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A Slow Archive is a deeply personal work of grief before loss, or what the Portuguese call saudade. Written over the course of a year beginning in May 2014 when his wife Pam was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, A Slow Archive is a three-part poem-diary, an exploration and expression of the role of the lover and care worker in the dying process; an attempt to orient ...more
Paperback, 38 pages
Published August 25th 2015 (first published August 2015)
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Xian Xian
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was received for an honest review.

A Slow Archive is a chapbook of micro poems. I had just read this after reading some Sonia Sanchez and I think Josh may have read some too.

With a backdrop of sterile minimalist prose and haiku, with sparse drawings that remind me of the brief blips of life and the music of an album called flumina by Christian Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto, A Slow Archive is exactly what the title is, a self examination and meditation of life’s brevity. With the smallest word
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Triin
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Honn's poems here are dense, and in their brevity, they hum, the way an empty sky appears to emit a hum or a drone; one feels a sense of saudade behind them. "Moonsnow" was a particular favorite of mine. (Moonsnow glows / through sleep / achromatic insomnia / my head weighted / with memory, / saudade)
sosser
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
tender and heartbreaking
Lena
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Please be advised that I am 100% biased because he's a former colleague and a friend.
There's so much beauty and grief in these poems...it's hard for me to say more than that.
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