Year of Reversible Loss


by Norma Farber
El León Literary Arts, 2012

Year of Reversible Loss is a cornucopia of meditative insight and poetry, pondering the trajectory of grief and capturing its changing rhythms through gemlike poetry and sustained passages of remembrance and reflection. Norma Farber traces the turning of the seasons as a deeply felt metaphor for the journey of the grieving heart in this journal of the year following the death of her husband, Sidney Farber, dedicated pioneer in the field of pediatric oncology.

Where once a leaf clung,
the ashtree wears a scar,
a moon halted at half.

Her observations of the natural world as well as the hidden recesses of the heart are startling, fresh, at once keenly personal and transcendent.

Sign your name on the wind.
Then I’ll know which way
to follow you.

Reviewed by Lillian Howan, author of The Charm Buyers.