The Exchange by Sophie Cabot Black
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Take it with you on a bus, to a hospital, to wait in line at a bank. You could take "The Exchange" nearly anywhere and have it speak to you.
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"Black's voice is startling, jagged and implacable, and [her poetry] is steep, precipitous and dazzling." ―Los Angeles Times Book Review

* A finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry *

I took care of myself. I took care
Of myself, thinking much too often

I took care of someone else.
Everything feels like payment.
―from "Pay Attention"

In The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black explores the surprising interplay between mortality and money, between the next world and this one, between the language of disease and the language of finance. Following a beloved friend through a long illness and eventual loss, these poems confront in stark emotion the aftermath, even as the outside world―the world of debts paid and collected, of power and dominion―intrudes. What is gained and what is sacrificed, and how can those profits and losses be measured when the currency involved is love?

 

About Sophie Cabot Black

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Sophie Cabot Black is the author of two previous poetry collections: The Descent, winner of the Connecticut Book Award, and The Misunderstanding of Nature, winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. She lives in New York City and in rural Connecticut.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Graywolf Press. 88 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tess Taylor on Jul 17 2013

Take it with you on a bus, to a hospital, to wait in line at a bank. You could take "The Exchange" nearly anywhere and have it speak to you.

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