The aftermath of death leaves many of us dumbstruck -- turned inward and inarticulate. Having lost both parents, poet Rusty Morrison attempts to find in shocked silence a language scored by the intimacy of that aloneness with death. Beyond elegy, Morrison's new work embodies the volatility of death in life, which mourning allows us to experience.
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One of several poems called âAftermathâ considers âA pattern on the wallpaper in my motherâs house.// Already diffident with my distance from her death.â More often Morrison tries to illuminate what she has found outdoors: âTree-line, waterâs edge, places that borders will gather ag...Mar 26 2012 | Read Full Review of After Urgency: Poems