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  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781593767037
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $29.99

Path of Totality

Poems



Exploring the sudden loss of her child, the hope that precedes this crisis, and the suffering that follows, this collection of poetry renders a shattering experience with candor and immediacy.

This collection is about the eviscerating loss of a child, the hope that precedes this crisis, and the suffering that follows. Spare, plain, sometimes startling in their snatches of humor, Pollari’s poems careen into the “tilted reality” of grief. This is poetry dredged from shock and rage, then dissected with pointillistic precision.

Many of the pieces are closer to prose: in plain, forceful, language that will capture readers outside the poetry audience, they uncover and name sentiments outside of what is expected in books about child loss and grief: for instance, the embarrassment Niina felt for letting herself feel hope and joy, for revealing that she desired to be a mother at all, and for having to inform the world that her desire would not be granted.

A shattering experience rendered with candor and immediacy, Path of Totality is a book “for anyone who ever expected anything” about a rarely told experience of motherhood.

  • Published: 1 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9781593767037
  • Imprint: Catapult
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Path of Totality

"These poems are blisteringly clear, devastated, and oracular, and they brim with the kindness that comes after terrible enlightenment." —Sarah Manguso, author of Very Cold People and 300 Arguments "You hold this book but this book also holds you . . . This book is alive, as painful as that might be to its brilliant writer. It’s not much comfort but not much can comfort—comfort is not in this universe. What suffuses this universe is all the universe holds despite what, and who, is lost. Am I speaking in code? Any reader of this book knows what I’m saying about it—to the reader nothing, not even utter emptiness, is alien. And emptiness is never utter, though it can be uttered and that sound resembles a splash of stars, a milky wash of stark existence, consciousness, connectedness almost unbearably relentless, almost unbearably beautiful." —Brenda Shaughnessy, author of The Octopus Museum

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