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1943826366
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9781943826360
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Close But Not Touching

Close But Not Touching

by Jean Sands

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Overview

Emotionally powerful, deep with empathy, rich in details, Close But Not Touching elevates the ordinary in a way that touches the heart. Its poems explore aging, raising children, domestic discord, love, and creative longing. Commonplace objects and happenings become touchstones of life’s sorrows, frustrations, fascinations, and joys.



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ISBN-13: 9781943826360
Publisher: John H. Sheedy
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 88
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Iean Sands is the author of the poetry collection Gandy Dancing (Antrim House, 2009), which won a 2014 Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and was a finalist for that year's Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award and the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal. Her poetry has beenpublished in literary journals, anthologized, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She also served as a journalist, reviewer,columnist and correspondent whoseinterviews, essays, and feature articlesappeared in regional and national publicationsas well as online. Jean served as a poet in the schools and taught poetry and creative writing to adults throughout northwest Connecticut for over twenty years. She was preparing the present collection for publication when she died in 2016.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Jeanne Bryner / ix

I.

When Mother Stopped Remembering / 4

What If? / 6

Becoming Helen / 7

Carrots / 10

Photos at the Cemetery / 12

Lillis Road / 14

The Peach Farmer’s Daughter / 15

Pigs / 16

Plum / 17

The Music Lesson / 18

Danbury Fair / 19

II.

Turn That Goddamn Thing Down / 22

Four Sons / 24

First Visit, Boston 1989 / 25

Night Sounds / 26

Suicide / 27

Swimmer / 28

The Policeman Is Your Friend / 29

Father Poem / 30

Summer Heat / 31

Not Another Gulf War / 32

Coward / 34

Summer Camp / 36

III.

Car Ride / 38

Leaving Home / 40

How a Relationship Dies / 41

Pink Carnations / 42

What If He Wakes? / 43

Close But Not Touching / 45

Divorce Settlement / 46

Working in a Discount Store after the Divorce / 47

Saving the Universe / 48

Cleaning Her House / 49

Collection Day / 51

Birds / 52

After the Party / 53

IV.

Meeting My Ex at the County Fair / 56

Christmas in New York / 57

What Hunger Does / 59

Rain / 60

Far from Home / 61

Baking Cookies / 63

As Evening Comes / 64

At the Vet’s Office / 65

Poem for a Friend with M.S. / 67

Beautiful / 68

Saving for Good / 69

Afterword by Jack Sheedy / 70

About the Author / 73

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