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A Sweeter Water, by Sara Henning

Lee Ann Roripaugh says of Sara Henning's debut collection: "An always-already absent father lost to suicide. A mother’s fragile mask shattered by betrayal. A daughter seeking a name and a face. ... These poems fiercely sing back love in all of its various incarnations from deep within the red clay chambers of a familial ground zero—even as love reveals itself to be sweet mirage, brutal illusion, or a cruel evanescence that must be relinquished into elegy." Read more...