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How We Bury Our Dead

4.63  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Jonathan Travelstead's debut collection of poetry, HOW WE BURY OUR DEAD, follows a speaker who is coping with the death of his mother. He places himself in life-threatening and self-alienating situations in an effort to shield himself from grief. This collection takes the reader on Travelstead's journey as a volunteer in the National Guard in Kuwait, as a hitch-hiker in an ...more
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by Cobalt Press
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Erin Macauley
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Travelstead's first book, a narrative collection of poems, bears witness to the necessary depth and breadth of the journey taken when seeking peace with death of a loved one. A journey complicated for any of us by the fact that, as Travelstead writes in "Martinez," "you never get the grace of picking who it is you love."

Broken into four parts, this collection weaves parallel-structured free verse poetry that sings with the precision of carefully chosen words. Follow along and feel everything fro
John Holst
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful collections of poetry written by a deep and insightful author. Each poem is worthy of several reads as the reader discovers the layers of thought shared. The experience of grief and the pain that goes with is expressed in Jonathan's poems. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What we lose when we are exposed to death and fear.

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Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really liked this collection of war and what we run from. I will be looking forward to reading more from this poet in the future.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonathan Travelstead's new collection of heart-wrenching, brutally honest poetry makes good on its title promise to illuminate "How We Bury Our Dead." The work within confronts death and grief, directly or through sidelong glances, down alleys of bracing self-destruction. What is really remarkable is the craft with which Travelstead turns painful material into masterfully written gems is barely seen; they are so engrossing, you will forget you are reading poems and not looking directly into a br ...more
Michael A. Van Kerckhove
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2015
Character driven and gritty.
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