"'Suppose the cure for death / was simply dying / toward a new life,' writes Rick Benjamin in this collection strung with equal parts elegy and imagination. In Some Bodies in the Grief Bed, Benjamin trains his focus forward and backward, giving names to all that grief makes kin: the violence of borders, memories of childhood, bodies that hurt and haunt and, finally, come apart. But this is a gentle looking. If it’s possible to write with compassion for the words themselves, it’s here, where Benjamin’s signature, clear voice invites us to 'briefly celebrate together' the ties that bind, even―maybe especially―in the wake of their breaking." - Franny Choi

Some Bodies in the Grief Bed by Rick Benjamin

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