Because: A Lyric Memoir

Because: A Lyric Memoir

by Joshua Mensch
Because: A Lyric Memoir

Because: A Lyric Memoir

by Joshua Mensch


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“A small but monumental classic.… Because is a triumph.” —Rumpus

A “disturbing, memorably and superbly handled book-length narrative poem” (Stephanie Burt), Because offers a compassionate and wrenching account of the author’s experience of childhood sexual abuse. It tells the story of Don, the charming, enigmatic director of a youth wilderness camp who befriends, and preys on, the young boys in his care. Unfolding through a series of jewel-like scenes, Because renders the shifting landscapes of childhood memory with a swift and convincing music, building a tale that is powerful, complex, and heartbreaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393357646
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Joshua Mensch is a poet, visual artist, and a founding editor of the literary journal B O D Y. He grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic.
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