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What Does Not Return

Tami Haaland

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  • Published: April 2018
  • Subject Listing: Literature / Poetry
  • Bibliographic information: 78 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 in.
  • Distributed for: Lost Horse Press
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What Does Not Return examines dementia and caregiving against the expansive backdrop of the rural inland West. Through a process of loss and letting go, the poems turn away from "what cannot be undone" in favor of what the present moment reveals through dreams, art, and encounters with animals.
Tami Haaland is the author of two previous books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, High Desert Journal, Consequence, Ascent, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and many other periodicals and anthologies. She was the recipient of an Artist Innovation Award from Montana Arts Council, has served as Montana's Poet Laureate and teaches at Montana State University, Billings.

"Tami Haaland's exquisite and necessary book of poems, What Does Not Return, is a rare account of the experience we have come to call, rightly, care-giving. With ritual attentiveness, in small, deeply considered gestures, in words exchanged at the altar of grief, she shows us what it might mean to honor and celebrate what is given to us and what is taken away. From the moving first poems, in which she witnesses her mother's daily diminishment and eventual death from dementia, to the last, when she finds herself searching silently for an escaped rabbit in the night, these poems remind us that, if we are here, we are all 'graveside,' sitting 'on the edge, legs dangling.' We are here on the verge of tears, where the daylight is."
-Melissa Kwasny, author of Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today

"What Does Not Return is remarkable-pity and common joy intermingling. The ceremony of language that poetry is carries throughout the book. We hear a lift in the writer's sentences and deft handling of pace in every poem. We see the entrance of light and the light that remains after the poem is finished, a mother's life put away. Our life's story is told, the end especially, with grave dignity. And, as it is with ceremonies, a sense of what is pure also remains, a sense that we are 'awake in ways' that we 'couldn't have sustained earlier.'"
-Carol Frost, author of Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences

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