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Barbara Blatner's The Still Position Released by NYQ Books

09/09/2010
NYQ Books is pleased to announce the release of The Still Position: a verse memoir of my mother's death by Barbara Blatner
The Still Position chronicles the last days of life of the poet's difficult but cherished mother. Set in upstate New York among deer and hawks under a stone-scarred mountain, these poems reveal the death of the body and the heart's passage through loss and grief, anger and confusion, forgiveness and devotion. These poems are very up-close, chiseled, and go against sentimentality by staying with details and particulars. Although the end is known from the beginning, readers will be affected by such an honest and suspenseful journey.