The Last Visit

The Last Visit

by Chad Abushanab

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Overview


In Chad Abushanab’s debut poetry collection, The Last Visit, he carefully and compassionately explores a family broken by alcoholism and abuse. These poems trace the trajectory of an adolescent living with a violent father struggling with addiction, and recount both the abused child’s perspective and his attempts to reckon with his past as he reaches adulthood, chronicling his own struggles with substance abuse and the reverberations of trauma in his life. Amid the violence and hurt, Abushanab’s verse renders moments of compassion—even the least sympathetic figures are shown to be grappling with their flaws, and the narrator struggles to find compassion and move beyond the memories and habits that haunt him. These well-crafted poems explore how the past shapes us and how difficult it can be to leave behind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938769375
Publisher: Autumn House Press
Publication date: 03/15/2019
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author


Chad Abushanab is a poet living in Iowa City, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Negatives under Microscope 1

The Factory 2

Plastic Men 3

The Way 4

Dead Towm 6

Ghazal 7

Toward Your Understanding 8

Missing 9

Confession: Silva's Quarry 11

Boys 12

Found Dead in the Sequatchie Valley 13

The Dive 15

The Future of the Past 16

To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage 17

Cheating in a Small Town 18

Ghazal 19

Again 20

Layover after Visiting My Father 21

Poem Began in a West Texas Com Maze 22

Ghazal 23

A Haunted House 24

Restless 25

Custody Denied 26

Ghazal 27

Roadkill Ode 28

Visiting My Own Grave 30

Halloween 31

Love Poem with Five Lines Stolen from VHS Boxes 32

Drive-In 33

Ghazal 34

Drinking All Nigh in Tennessee 35

Small Funeral 36

Desert Elegy 37

A Voice from the Wreck 38

Ghazal 39

Rubáiyát for My Father 40

Necessary Rituals 41

The Landlocked Lighthouse 43

Love Poem with Desert and Stars 44

On the Dred Ranch Road Just Off 283 45

Hometown Knowledge 46

The Phone 47

The Last Visit 49

About the Donald Justice Poetry Prize 51

Acknowledgments 53

Thank You 54

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