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Visiting Hours chronicles the cold, clear February morning, Mary Interlandi drove to the top of the Nashville Sheraton parking garage and leapt to her death, seven stories below. She was 19 years old. The author had known her and her family his entire life. Visiting Hours chronicles their friendship, her sudden death, and the psychological, social, and political aftermath ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 12th 2020 by Stephen F. Austin University Press
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Martha Silano
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Visiting Hours is a beautiful, bellowing cry of pain and anguish into the dark night of the soul. McFadyen-Ketchum has forged a sustained elegy both harrowing and haunting, a swan song to a childhood friend who spiraled into depression and jumped from a ledge. Often, the climate of this book is Arctic, a place where "subteen temperatures / And the solenoid click of dead car batteries" are the norm. But the author also let's in just enough light to remind us that "somewhere / Beyond the earth's b ...more
Lisa Leslie
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum’s Visiting Hours this morning. It’s not a book to read in one sitting, but I can’t put it down. The first poem offers gut-punch preparation for the shock of this elegy for the poet’s friend who jumped off the top level of a parking garage in downtown Nashville in 2003: “My God ... what’s become of you, girl I loved? / My God, I hear her say back, boy who never said / I love you.”

To give myself breathing room, I googled. And found a skillfully-articulated, hear
Anatoly Molotkov
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'"There was nothing I could do,"/ He tries to convince himself/ when he cannot find sleep.' Visiting Hours broke my heart. What an elegant, thoughtful homage to a person who chose an early exit. A most reflective collection that is also a study of culpability and a cry of survival guilt, all in one. It's a testament of how we carry those we loved forever, in our memories and within the fabric of our personalities. ...more
Melissa Young
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is still haunting me. It's a deep, meaningful read of grief and hope. I highly recommend. ...more
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Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is a poet, editor, and educator. His first collection of poetry, "Ghost Gear," is forthcoming with the University of Arkansas Press and his anthology, "Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days," was released on December 21, 2012. He also writes reviews, interviews established and burgeoning writers, edits journals, and produces a podcast.

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