What Camia captures so authentically in Mercy is the timelessness of loss. These poems evoke an elegiac mode that is as age-old as grief itself, while also inventing surprising ways to write around the perimeters of what's absent. It's a tribute to her mother's passing that invited me in with directness and generosity. From the remnants and rituals, from these "pieces that summon a whole / (hole)," these poems offer a fragile and continuous "treasure."--Phoebe Wang, Admission RequirementsHere is an earth song, a death song, a grief song, sung with such gentleness and clarity that every detail, every remembered joy, every terrible moment of surrender, is lit up, vibrant, luminous: "a suitcase / brimming // with / sunflowers."--Di Brandt, Glitter & fall
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