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State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies By Alexis Rhone Fancher,

  • Title: State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies
  • Author: Alexis Rhone Fancher
  • ISBN: 9780986270321
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written over an eight year period, the poems in State of Grace The Joshua Elegies chronicle the death of Alexis Rhone Fancher s only child, Joshua Dorian Rhone, at the age of 26, and its aftermath of devastation, grief, and reflection Because she was a divorced parent since her son was three, the bond between mother and child was particularly strong, making Joshua s earlWritten over an eight year period, the poems in State of Grace The Joshua Elegies chronicle the death of Alexis Rhone Fancher s only child, Joshua Dorian Rhone, at the age of 26, and its aftermath of devastation, grief, and reflection Because she was a divorced parent since her son was three, the bond between mother and child was particularly strong, making Joshua s early death especially wrenching.But Fancher, an award winning poet known for her frank, image filled poetry, has created a work of hope, joy, and lasting beauty which poet Jack Grapes calls a magnificent testament to the resilience of the human spirit where she indeed finds solace and a state of grace Poet Cynthia Atkins calls Fancher s collection of elegies the ultimate tribute to her beloved son Fancher s heart is large, refuses to shut down to sorrow and loss, but instead, allows her brave and resilient voice to shine the light, to move us all forward into a state of grace Two of the poems in the chapbook have been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology The Competition KYSO Flash and when her son is dead seven years Blotterature.
    State of Grace The Joshua Elegies Written over an eight year period the poems in State of Grace The Joshua Elegies chronicle the death of Alexis Rhone Fancher s only child Joshua Dorian Rhone at the age of and its aftermath of

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    1. This collection is so moving I highly recommend it It does not contain a lot of poems, so I will only share oneWhen You Think You re Ready to Pack Up Your GriefBegin with his letterman s jacket.Bundle it together with regret.Stack sorrow on top of his class ring,interspersed with his hip hop CDs.Loneliness should not be smoothed over the heard,nor his childhood drawings folded in on themselves.Don t tuck his senior portrait in the side pocket.Lay it beside delicate items,like feelings, face down [...]

    2. As micro publisher of this book, my opinion may be a tad biased When I first read the manuscript last summer, I couldn t help but be stunned by these remarkable poems of tribute Written by a mother after the loss of her son, these elegies are fierce and brilliant bearing witness to sorrow and suffering and boundless love, breathtaking in what they reveal about the process of grief and reflection, courage and resilience, solace and grace.Two of the fourteen poems within were nominated for the 201 [...]

    3. It is possible, though rare, for a book to be simultaneously sad and uplifting This is one of those books.These very personal yet universal poems will break your heart into pieces too numerous to count Then these poems will put your heart back together and nudge you forward, because that is the only direction available.Precise and nuanced, State of Grace is a memorable collection concerning subject matter we often wish we could forget.Highly recommended.

    4. There is something powerfully personal yet universal in these finely crafted poems from a mother who lost her 26 year old son to cancer Alexis Rhone Fancher has the ability to spear her words and images through one s head till they tear the heart like a harpoon These poems lay bear the healing process, one that goes on and on and never quits.

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