Recovery: A Poem

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Texas Review Press
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4.8 X 7.3 X 0.1 inches | 0.1 pounds
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About the Author

J. L. CONRAD is the author of the full-length poetry collection A Cartography of Birds and the chapbook Not If But When. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Jellyfish, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and you can find her on the web at


"'The lungs are the seat of grief, ' J. L. Conrad's Recovery begins. I see this brilliant sequence demonstrating a similar process--of flux and transformation, of expansion and contraction, of taking in and letting go--as our speaker embarks on a new journey in the wake of loss. I admire the way Conrad manipulates language to compose and recompose a scene, reminding me of Simone Weil's declaration that 'absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.' These poems skillfully pair the surreal--the wish-fulfillment and diorama-building of dreams--with remnants of the everyday. They turn, they stumble, they play sleight of hand, they startle us awake. With a lyrical vision so precise it reaches wildness, Recovery opens up new realities in the aftermath of loss."
--Gale Marie Thompson

"J. L. Conrad's Recovery is a Bachelardian exploration of interior space, in particular the doors and walls that lie between dream, memory, and experience. It is also a chronicle of grief, the way deep grief enters the house of self like a draft or a scent and lodges: without our consent, of course, but there is something sibling-like in its presence, a relation we all share to loss. These are luminous poems, dealt out like cards on an oak table in autumn sunlight."
--G. C. Waldrep