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White Pine Press (NY)
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6.0 X 0.5 X 9.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Sonia Greenfield lives with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs in Minneapolis, where she edits the Rise Up Review and teaches at Normandale College. Her work has appeared twice in Best American Poetry, among other places. Letdown is her second book.


"With Letdown, Sonia Greenfield proves herself a master of the prose poem, finding just the right metaphor, just the right syntax. This book-length sequence reads like a love story between a mother and her son, and like all love stories--all the true ones, anyway--there is pain alongside the joy. Greenfield takes us down into the dark, confronting what it is to feel helpless against your child's suffering, to mother a child with special needs, to recalibrate one's life after loss. But she also leads us back into bright California sunlight, where we find the boy--and this messy life--rising from the depths, 'buoyant, better than expected.' " --Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones "Beautifully constructed in sixty stand-alone parts, this book-length poem presents--artfully, honestly--a woman's difficult parsing of motherhood. We first meet her in the hospital suite, the careful birth-plan abandoned, as it was as effective as 'closing a sliding door on a tsunami.' Later, we follow her confusion and terror through her son's autism diagnosis; during the EEG test, she distracts him as wires are gelled to his head, saying, 'Look, now you get to become a robot.' Her son's traumatic medical journey is detailed alongside her hidden trauma, fertility loss. Sonia Greenfield has used her excellent ear and metaphorical power to create a moving and necessary book." --Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs