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The Spirit Papers
by Elizabeth Metzger
University of Massachusetts Press
eISBN: 978-1-61376-523-4

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EXCERPT All right, I’m a little afraid. It’s the zeroing in of All That Could Possibly Go Wrong vs. Myself. —“Small Talk with an Imagined Son” The Spirit Papers explores the magical thinking that precedes impending and inevitable loss, the taboo fantasia that occurs in the crippling timelessness of anticipation. Grieving for the future with a spiritual clarity characterized by ritual and doubt, Metzger’s lines are chameleons to every feeling. In the interminable window of expecting the unexpected, the poems ultimately materialize the very events they wish to ward off. The Spirit Papers chases mortality with equal parts disbelief and love.

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