By Hayden Saunier
If you need to live to tell the tale this planet, learn How to put on This Body, a lyric and riveting ebook uniquely fitted to support us live on the hard evidence of our lifestyles and to take action with wit and braveness, intelligence and beauty. Yes, every little thing is coming to an finish. / how it does each one hour of the day. No better evening for carnivals, you say. In wry and wise poem after poem, Hayden Saunier bargains us heady wine and late-season asparagus, companionable canine and grandmothers losing the vast straps in their brassieres, roadside theatre and middle surgical procedure whereas drowsing, grief and the wherewithal to courageous it, and in each poem room is left / for the cracked-// open door of the standard miracle.
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