Things to Say to a Dead Man: Poems at the End of a Marriage and After (Paperback)

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Internationally renowned author Jane Yolen has composed a sequence of tough, angry, and moving love poems that express grief and gratitude for her late husband David, as witness to his treatment for and passing from cancer, and the ongoing loss that is felt years after his death.

In one poem, Yolen--a prize-winning poet, speaks of his "shallow bird breath/beating beneath the cage of his chest bones." In another: "Do not help me to forget./Help me to remember." And in a third:

You have gone before me into winter,
Into spring, into summer, somehow
A consummate time traveler
I can never catch up to,
Always a season ahead.

Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over three hundred books, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, novels, and story collections for young adults and adults, and two books of adult poetry. Her books and stories have won two Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott Medal, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal.


About the Author


Jane Yolen: Jane Yolen, often called "the Hans Christian Andersen of America," is the author of over 300 books, including OWL MOON, THE DEVIL'S ARITHMETIC, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT. The books range from rhymed picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, and up to novels and story collections for young adults and adults, and two books of adult poetry. Her books and stories have won an assortment of awards--two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, a nomination for the National Book Award, and the Jewish Book Award, among others. She is also the winner (for body of work) of the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Catholic Library's Regina Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates.

Praise For…


"Written in the final months of her husband's battle with cancer and during the five years after his death, Jane Yolen's Things to Say to a Dead Man is a quiet and elegant chronicle of grief."Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Common language, clarity, and precision distinguish these poems. As long as there are grievers, these poems will have a grateful readership."Ray Olson for Booklist

"Jane Yolen and I were in 4th grade together. Inevitably, we lost touch. Then reconnected as our husbands died. My grief has been silent. But Jane's poems give it words. So specific to her mate and her experience, she eloquently speaks to all our losses, and how it was to love."Susan Stamberg, Broadcast Journalist

"Written mostly 'in the hush after,' Jane Yolen’s poems to her dead husband brim with both the ache of 'wading through thigh-high grass' of the past and the ache of the now world, where he 'comes calling' in the guise of the songbirds he loved. Nothing can 'solve the heart / or salve the heart or safe the heart,' but there is solace in the grieving and graceful music of this book.Ellen Doré Watson, Director, The Poetry Center at Smith College

"Things to Say to a Dead Man is a stunning book. What Jane Yolen offers the reader is nothing but the truth: this is what grief looks like, sounds like, smells, like, feels like. Only one who has loved so deeply can mourn this profoundly. Things to Say to a Dead Man does what all good poetry should do: it wakes the reader up, reminding us that life is fleeting and therefore full of sadness and therefore utterly beautiful. Like Donald Hall's Without, Things to Say to a Dead Man is necessary poetry. Finely crafted and full of gorgeous imagery, every single word is an arrow that pierces the heart."Lesléa Newman, Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA 2008-2010, author of Nobody's Mother

"[Jane] Yolen is a renowned children's author, with more than 300 books to her name. In her first collection for adults, she limns her experience with loss in straightforward and clear lyrics."Elizabeth Hoover, Pittsburgh Post Gazette



Product Details
ISBN: 9780983325406
ISBN-10: 0983325405
Publisher: Holy Cow Press
Publication Date: November 1st, 2011
Pages: 72
Language: English