by Norma Farber
El León Literary Arts, 2012
Year of Reversible Loss is an exquisite 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, and brilliant, at once keenly personal and sublimely transcendent.
Sign your name on the wind.
Then I’ll know which way
to follow you.
This is a book to be savored for its insight and surprising humor, and for its passionate, astounding beauty.
Reviewed by Lillian Howan, author of The Charm Buyers.