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Consider the white space
Or the space between thoughts:
and the mouth waits
between lovers after a quarrel,
Now picture the brief space
Linda Pastan’s Insomnia
Just the title alone would be enough to make this book resonate with me. But it’s also by Linda Pastan, who wrote “An Early Afterlife,” and — so far as I’m concerned — could have retired after that and still stayed at the top of my list.
Instead, we have Insomnia (Norton, 2015). As Pastan grows older — she is 83 (“Why are these old, gnarled trees / so beautiful, while I am merely / old and gnarled?”) — her themes turn toward long marriage, illness, sleepness nights. She has always handled domestic subjects — like death — deftly, with grace and accuracy. Her eye is as sharp as ever.
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