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Poetry. Women's Studies. Taut lines—fragments from a journal? a report on hospice work?—seem to keep moving out of our grasp while at the same time bringing us closer to their subject, the elusive experience of the dying and their nurses. A grief worker at a hospice ponders how ordinary human failings: jealousy, fear, rigidity, the hunger of loneliness can overwhelm rewarding work. To the point of envying the dead for leaving it all behind. And yet how anything, even a lousy sandwich, can recall us to the pleasures of this world.
Lissa McLaughlin works as a clinical art therapist with autistic children. Beside grief counseling, she has also taught college fiction writing, Second Grade, and much else. Her career continues to be, if not meteoric, metamorphic. She has written children's books, prose poems, and story collections, of which Burning Deck has published: Approached by Fur (1976), SEEING THE MULTITUDES DELAYED (1979), and TROUBLED BY HIS COMPLEXION (1988). She is also the author of THE GROUPER (Avec Books, 1997). Author City: MADISON, WI USA