Ceremonies for the Dead

Gwen Benaway

I once managed to see the author perform a miniseries found within this book called “Advice for Abused Children,” and I simply knew I had to read the rest. The poems in this book are exemplary by virtue of their pure content alone; it's very rare to find arted prose that can bear the full weight of its subject matter while still evoking a poetic style: dark, mournful, yet sensuous.

The book stands quite well on the chapters “Prayers and Invocations” and “Gods of My Fathers,” each of which has multi-part poems within them that makes each collective poem feel more full and comprehensive than the usual single-pagers in other books of poems.

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